Some recent guests to the Cellars observed some interesting visitors to the Cove. The chap did some early morning fishing and had “one session cut short due to the unplanned, but much appreciated visit of a seal – which actually entered the cove for a short while…!!!“ Unfortunately he did not have his phone or camera with him to take a photo which is a great shame. But how fantastic to see a seal so close. The great picture above is from Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
He caught a small pollack and a small bass while fishing in the cove but he put them back due to their size. Last year he caught pollack which they ate “which was delicious”. Great to catch your supper!
Then while snorkling in the cove they “had the great fortune to be able to swim amongst a huge shoal of Sandeels which were visiting the cove. It was fascinating to watch how they just surrounded us as they swam and then darted about at what seemed to be the speed of light as they evaded the predatory attempts of a trio of small Pollack”.
On reseaching Sandeels, I found they are abundant all around the UK and provide a food source for many fish and other marine creatures and so are a vital part of the marine ecosystem. Sandeels live their whole lives close to the shore. Over winter when not feeding and when threatened they bury themselves into the sand of the seabed up to thirty centimetres hence their name. They are not in fact true eels but are in fact a fish species. http://britishseafishing.co.uk
We must go snorkelling again in and around the cove. It was too hot in July to put a wetsuit on but too cold in the water to stay for long!
The Lifeboat (picture above) was busy last week when it was launched three times in six days. The first on Tuesday just after 11 as a result of a missing person in the area of Kynance Cove. Mullion Coastguards and the police were also called and shortly before the lifeboat arrived the person was found thankfully.
Then mid morning on Sunday they went to help two people onboard a yacht just off Black Head (the headland in the distance you can see from the Cellars) where one of the two crew had been taken ill. The lifeboat took the person to Falmouth where an ambulance was waiting.
Then later that late afternoon someone else was taken ill during a coasteering event near Hot Point near the Lifeboat station They were taken to the lifeboat via their smaller boat and given care until they reached the boathouse where an ambulance was again waiting.
They do play such a brilliant role! The recent Cornish Big Breakfast Lizard Lifeboat fundraising event that I mentioned last week ended up cooking180 breakfasts and raised over £1000 so well done to them.
Finally last week Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall tourist board has stopped promoting Kynance cove (picture above), not far from the Cellars, and Porthcurno near the Minnack theatre due to an unprecedented surge in tourists leading to traffic chaos at these beaches. Cornwall has seen visitor numbers rise by 20% this year from the normal 4.5m. The heatwave and Poldark are reasons cited! The CEO of Visit Cornwall said he wants to see “redistribution”, explaining that many other Cornish communities need more visitors but are not being effectively promoted. “But we don’t want local communities up in arms. We want visitors to have a good experience and return.” It is a tricky one and there has been a mixed response to his comments but it does seem sensible to try and do some redistribution.