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Sightings update 18/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins; Common dolphins; harbour porpoises; Atlantic grey seals;

Weather conditions: sunny; sea state 0-2, wind direction S-NNW

Three boat surveys were undertaken yesterday;  a 9 hour survey aboard Anna Lloyd and two 2 hour surveys on the Sulaire.  All had excellent encounters.  The Living Seas volunteer aboard the Sulaire observed the Cardigan Bay Big 3 recording 12 Bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals and one group of three harbour porpoises.  Meanwhile the all-day survey had a splendid day with sightings of 12 Bottlenose dolphins including 3 new born, 23 Atlantic grey seals including one pup and unusually seven groups of harbour porpoises totalling 22 adults and one calf.  In addition there was one confirmed sighting of a common dolphin and one possible thresher shark.

Sightings Update: 29/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3, Visibility >10, Light/ Medium swell

One of our volunteers conducted a two hour boat survey on board the Anna Lloyd. Our volunteer had 7 encounters with Bottlenose dolphins, where they were seen foraging and leaping not far from the boat. 

Sightings Update: 26/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sea state 0-3, Visibility 1-10/>10, Light swell

Two boat surveys were also carried out on board the Anna Lloyd. Our volunteers were out on deck keeping a look out, where they spotted Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals in both trips. A total of 8 Atlantic Grey Seals and 10 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the first trip and 4 Atlantic Grey Seals and 13 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the second trip. 

Sightings Update 25/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny;  visibility >10km; Light swell; wind direction N/NW force 2

During a two hour boat survey our Living Seas Volunteer spotted a group of seven bottlenose dolphins foraging near Ynys Lochtyn.  Later as returning into New Quay a lone adult was seen.  Also spotted were two female Atlantic grey seals hauled out near Birds Rock and a male seal bottling near Ynys Lochtyn.

 

Sightings 18/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2 in sheltered bays, 4/5 off headlands, wind direction N backing SW

Our Living Seas volunteers on board the Anna Lloyd and Sulaire yesterday had numerous encounters with bottlenose dolphins.  Over the two trips there were 18 sightings totalling 32 individuals including two calves.  The animals were observed mostly foraging and feeding but at times they provided passengers with exciting leaps and tail slaps.

Sightings Update 13/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10, Light swell

Two Living Seas volunteers conducted two separate two hour boat surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd. Both trips were sunny and a range of wildlife was seen. 14 Bottlenose dolphins were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and leaping out of the water. 3 Harbour porpoise were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and travelling. 2 Atlantic grey seals were also seen on one of the trips, and they were seen swimming and bottling.