05/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic Grey Seals 

Survey Type:
Land Based Sightings
Date:
May 5, 2018
Surveys Conducted:
6

Survey Observations

Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Sea state 1 – 2, Wind Direction SW – NW.

An exciting start to the day saw a pair of Bottlenose Dolphins during the 7am survey travelling westward across the bay. Dolphins were then present in the bay for the remainder of the day, in particularly high numbers from 11am onwards, with groups as large as 8 individuals spotted during the 3pm survey period foraging shortly off New Quay head. As well as a solitary Atlantic Grey Seal, that was spotted during the 1pm survey, swimming and diving in the centre of the bay. Sightings became harder to identify later in the day as a bank of sea mist rolled into the bay making further sightings difficult. However, a small group of bottlenose Dolphins were spotted foraging just off New Quay head towards the end of the 5pm survey, as pictured below. Our living seas volunteers also encountered an interesting sighting of a Common Lizard at the end of New Quay head whilst photographing Dolphins.

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