Pubgoers in Porthleven got more than they bargained for on Friday evening when a playful Humpback Whale made an appearance in the bay.   

Whilst people were enjoying their evening drink at the Atlantic Inn, the Humpback Whale was seen breaching, surfacing for air, and slapping its fins.

Andy Lelliott who managed to capture some incredible pictures was one of the many who were in the pub watching the whale in the bay.

Falmouth Packet: The playful mammal certainly caused some excitement The playful mammal certainly caused some excitement (Image: Andy Lelliott)

He said: “The pictures were taken from the window table at the Atlantic Inn at 5.56pm.

“We had been watching for 30-40 minutes or so as they were surfacing for air and slapping fins, and then were fortunate enough to get this breach display.”

Sightings of the Humpback Whales in Cornwall are becoming increasingly regular since they were first spotted in the Duchy in 2019.

In 2023, fisherman James Tanner had a close-range visit by one of the whales whilst out in his boat in Carbis Bay.

Last year James Tanner had an encounter with one of the humpbacks in Carbis Bay. Credit: James Tanner 

At the time, James said: “I freaked out when I saw it. Other fishermen in this area have never seen anything like this before.”

Over the past five years, the mammals have been spotted in Cadgwith, Carbis Bay, Porthleven, the Lizard Peninsula, Penzance, and Falmouth.

Just last month, hundreds of people gathered on Pendennis Point in Falmouth after three Humpback Whales were spotted in the bay.

However, it appears that the whales are currently enjoying their time in Porthleven, having been spotted by members of the public several times throughout the month.