CBMWC unusual sightings report

Researchers from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) have been carrying out scientific surveys of the marine wildlife in Cardigan Bay for over two decades.

Previous analysis has focused on the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) and the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena); however a decade of boat-based surveys conducted by volunteers at CBMWC in collaboration with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips provides an opportunity to explore the marine wildlife beyond the Cardigan Bay ‘Big Three’. As parts of the bay are designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), it may be valuable to identify other marine wildlife that may be benefitting from the protection of the Bay.

Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in Cardigan Bay © Sarah Perry/CBMWC

Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in Cardigan Bay © Sarah Perry/CBMWC

This report looked at the sightings, recorded during boat surveys, deemed as unusual in the area between 2005-2015; it includes unusual marine birds, jellyfish species or frequencies of jellyfish, sunfish and other marine mammals or large vertebrates.

The CBMWC Unusual sightings report 2015 is available to download here.