Despite Cornwall not being their natural habitat, climate change has led to various species making their way to Cornish waters. You are having a very special day if you manage to see sun fish or boxed jellyfish, for example, along with blue sharks, and seahorses. Dolphins and porpoises are also known for sightings. There is little more spectacular and harmonious than the view of a pod of dolphins.
For birdwatchers, the Cornish Chough which is jet black but with a red bill and beak, has made a comeback to the area after many years away. There are choughs aplenty along the Tin Coast between Pendeen and St Just but also in between Land’s End and Porthcurno, around Porthgwarra. Meanwhile, if you are fascinated by birds of prey, the Peregrine Falcon is one of the more unusual birds to look out for.
People have reported sightings of many unusual animals here in the duchy. The British Divers Marine Rescue Team receives many ‘sightings’ each year of penguins (unlikely, they are probably razorbills, but still worth a look) and some do claim to have seen wallabies.
Meanwhile, those who think they have spotted the ‘big cat’ Beast of Bodmin are more likely to have seen a civet, not native to Cornwall, but fairly hardy creatures which can survive here. Real life is just as joyful as myth and legend where wildlife is concerned, so keep your eyes peeled for some unusual sights.