Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.
Skomer is well known for its wildlife. Did you know? a third of the world population of Manx Shearwaters nest on the island, the Atlantic Puffin colony is the largest in southern Britain.
“Skomer is a magical place to visit, a haven for wildlife it is most well known for its puffins, yet there is so much more to the bird paradise.”
WHAT A DAY!!!!
Travelling to Skomer Island at 5 am start gave us stunning light, calm seas and playful seals..
Our day out started with breakfast from Tupperware tubs and ended with seals hugging our kayaks.
We left Martins Haven as the sun was rising over the horizon. Sea conditions were glassy calm, we had a great adventure ahead of us.
Not surprisingly we were in high spirits and were very excited to see what Skomer had to offer on such a stunning May day.
Crossing the infamous “Jack Sound”
We timed it perfectly with no evidence of its dangerous history.
Jack Sound is a treacherous body of water
About 800 metres (2,600 ft) wide between the island of Skomer and the Pembrokeshire mainland. This area contains numerous reefs and a tidal race of up to 6 knots of flow.
It is used by boats to avoid a three-mile detour around the island and has its share of sunken shipwrecks. For sea kayakers, it’s a great place to practice advanced moving water skills.
The island and the sound are both parts of the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.
“Kayaking around the back of the island gave us a rare opportunity to view Razorbills, Guillemots and of course the Puffins…..”
The seals appeared
Just look how playful they were.
Following us and playing with our kayaks…
We discovered this female seal following us and she just kept getting braver…
Swimming alongside us so close we had to be careful not to hit her with our paddles. At one point Libby said to me “my boat feels heavy”. I looked under her boat to see that this female seal was hugging the hull of her kayak. By the look of things, she was thoroughly enjoying the ride. We stopped paddling our kayaks to sit and enjoy the moment at this point the seal tried to get up onto my kayak. I stayed calm as she was clearly just having fun with this big red toy (my sea kayak).
I’ll be honest when she started nibbling my elbow I did get a tad nervous and at that point decided to move away…
Kayak-King never approaches wildlife – we let it come to us. For advice on Wildlife spotting without causing disturbances visit the Pembrokeshire marine code website.