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Sightings Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Fair, Cloudy, sea state 1, Light swell, visibility >10km

There was one 2 hour boat survey undertaken by the Living Seas Volunteers yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd. There were three sightings of dolphins numbering six in total. They were observed leaping with close contact. One individual approached the boat and started bow riding. Three Atlantic grey seals were also spotted along the coast.

Sightings Update 11/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 2-4, visibility 1 – 10km

Living Seas volunteers took to the increasingly choppy sea for a two hour boat trip yesterday. Two seals were spotted during the survey, thought to be an adult female and juvenile male.

Sightings Update 10/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km

Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.

Sightings Update 09/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals, Harbour Porpoise.

Weather conditions: Mist / Rain Moderate cloud cover, sea state 0 – 1, visibility: 1 – 10km

Two boat based surveys were conducted throughout the day, both with a good number and array of sightings. In particular the first trip of the day at 10:45, that despite the mist, was lucky enough to encounter the Cardigan Bay ‘Big 3’, that includes Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals, as well as a wide array of Sea Birds. The afternoons boat trip also encountered a number of Atlantic Grey Seal individuals as well as a group of Bottlenose Dolphins as the mornings mist faded away throughout the day.

Sightings Update 07/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny with little cloud, sea state: 1-3, visability: >10Km

We had three boat trips during the morning and afternoon, two of which saw both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals. Notably we had a couple of sightings of dolphins exhibiting socialising behaviour, including head and tail slaps and leaping. We also saw what we believe was a pregnant seal hauled out on the rocks. Furthermore there was an abundance of jellyfish.

Sightings Update 05/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions, sunny, no precipitation, seas state 1 – 2, visibility 1 – 10km, Light swells.

The Sulaire experienced some exceptional encounters today across both boat trips. During the 10:45am passengers encountered a number of sizable Bottlenose Dolphin groups across the survey, as well as a solitary Atlantic Grey Seal as the bot returned to New Quay harbour. Passengers on the 12:45pm trip were lucky enough to encounter a large group of Bottlenose Dolphins composed of up to 15 individuals, this was a very lucky sighting for passengers as this large group approached the boat and travelled with the vessel bow riding for some time. Several other smaller groups of Dolphin were also seen on this trip as well as several Atlantic Grey Seal individuals that were observed at the start and end of the trip.

Sightings Update 04/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and bluefire jellyfish

Weather conditions: sunny, no precipitation, sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swells

Our boat surveys had some incredible sightings on-board Sulaire, with some passengers witnessing bottlenose dolphins bow-riding and playing only meters from the boat. As well as the dolphins, both male and female Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming and displaying bottling behaviours. Lastly on a day of perfect weather, gannets were seen diving very close by, and thousands of Cyanea lamarckii jellyfish could be easily seen by the water’s surface.

Sightings Update 03/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny, no precipitation, sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Three boat surveys were undertaken on board the Anna Lloyd and each recorded sightings of bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals. In total 20 dolphins and 10 seals were spotted. There was one encounter where eight dolphins including two calves were bow riding whilst on a later trip a group of seven were spotted feeding and foraging.

Sightings Update 02/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny to overcast; no precipitation, sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell

The fair weather and calm sea state yesterday allowed our volunteers on dolphin boat surveys to sight several groups of dolphins as well as a few seals. Dolphins were observed traveling at a fairly consistent speed with regular surfacing as well as a bit of diving and foraging. The few seals that were seen were laying on shore rocks.

Sightings Update 01/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins And Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: overcast and misty, sea state 1-3, visibility <1km, light swell

It was a misty day out at sea, however our Living Seas volunteers recorded 9 Atlantic grey seals over the course of two 2 hour boat trips. Two seals were unusually curious, repeatedly surfacing near the Anna Lloyd. Gannets were seen diving, as well as many razorbills and guillemots that were spotted around Birds Rock. A group of bottlenose dolphins were also sighted during a later boat trip.

Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: NE – NW

We had an all-day survey during which our living seas volunteers were lucky enough to see all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three, which included a spectacular encounter during which a pod of six dolphins approached the boat and socialized, pictures attached. We also saw frequently seen Lipstick and Snowcone, a number of jellyfish, and, unusually, a Canadian Goose and some Shelduck, plus a dolphin eating a Garfish.

Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: NE – NW

We had an all-day survey during which our living seas volunteers were lucky enough to see all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three, which included a spectacular encounter during which a pod of six dolphins approached the boat and socialized. We also saw frequently seen Lipstick and Snowcone, a number of jellyfish, and, unusually, a Canadian Goose and some Shelduck, plus a dolphin eating a Garfish.