Wildlife on the sea around Pembrokeshire

Oct 5, 2023

Wildlife on the sea around Pembrokeshire.

Kayaking along the Pembrokeshire coast offers a fantastic opportunity to experience a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Here are some of the wildlife species that you may encounter during your kayaking adventure:

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Atlantic Grey Seals

The Pembrokeshire coast is home to one of the largest populations of Atlantic grey seals in the world. These curious and playful creatures often swim up to kayaks to investigate. It is important to keep a safe distance and avoid disturbing them during their breeding season from August to November.

Seal next to sea kayak

Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight along the Pembrokeshire coast, and they are often seen swimming alongside kayaks. These intelligent and playful marine mammals are known for their acrobatic displays and can be spotted throughout the year.

Sea kayakers with dolphin in background

Porpoises

Harbour porpoises are the smallest cetaceans found in British waters, and they are a common sight in the waters off Pembrokeshire. These shy and elusive creatures are often seen in small groups and can be identified by their small triangular dorsal fin.

Seabirds

The Pembrokeshire coast is home to a variety of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and puffins. These birds can often be seen perched on the cliffs or diving into the water in search of fish.

Puffin

It is important to remember that these animals are wild and should be treated with respect. Always keep a safe distance and avoid disturbing them in their natural habitat. For more information on how to behave around wildlife visit: Pembrokeshire Marine Code or join one of our courses.

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