Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km occasionally clearing to >10km, light-medium swell
Three Atlantic grey seals were seen by our Living Seas volunteers today across our boat surveys. All were close to the Llangrannog area and were observed bottling and foraging.
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >1-10km then clearing to >10km, light- medium swell
Our single boat based survey aboard the Anna Lloyd spotted one dolphin foraging and feeding north of New Quay.
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell
A sunny day allowed for clear sightings on a dolphin survey boat trip yesterday. Unfortunately no dolphins were recorded by our volunteers on board the Anna Lloyd but two sightings of Atlantic grey seals hauled out allowed for some good wildlife spotting.
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
A sunny day allowed for clear sightings on a dolphin survey boat trip yesterday. Two groups of three dolphins were spotted (one of which contained a calf) near Ynys Lochtyn. The two groups were foraging ahead then approached the boat for a moment before continuing East. An adult male seal was also spotted hauled out.
Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction: SW, Sea State 2-3, moderate – high swell, visibility: >10km
During yesterday’s survey aboard Anna Lloyd our Living Seas Volunteer saw two groups of dolphins. The first sighting of a mother and calf was at the commencement of the trip close to New Quay. Later on the return trip a group of three individuals was encountered. These gave passengers a good encounter with the dolphins socialising in close contact and at times leaping. There was also a sighting of a female bottling just off the rocks.
Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction:W-SW, Sea State 1-3, light swell, visibility: >10km
Volunteers conducted two boat surveys yesterday where Atlantic grey seals and bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both. The dolphins were seen splashing and jumping as well as foraging and feeding at the surface. Bottling behaviour and moving in and out of the water was seen by the seals.
Weather conditions: Dry/, Wind direction: NE-NW, Sea state 0-2, light swell, visibility: >10km
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted an all-day boat survey yesterday and spotted Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals during the 20 sightings. Most dolphin groups observed were quite energetic, and the animals exhibited a variety of behaviours including: head and tail slaps, leaping, lunging and rapid swimming, and many of these were shown by a particularly large pod. Three new born calves were seen in this pod along with several older calves.
Weather conditions: Dry/mist, Wind direction: NE-NW, Sea state 1-3, light swell, visibility variable
Two boat surveys were conducted around the New Quay area yesterday, with dolphins encountered on both just metres from the boat. The cetaceans were mostly quite illusive; swimming slowly and undergoing long dives with irregular appearances. The first survey recorded a female Atlantic grey seal, seen bottling in the water. Gannets and fulmars were also regular sightings.
Weather conditions: dry, mist and rain, Wind direction: S – W, Sea state 1 – 2, light swell, visibility: 1 – 10km/>10km.
Three boat based surveys were conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers across both the Sulaire and Anna Lloyd. Volunteers were lucky enough to experience several encounters of bottlenose dolphins, observing these animals foraging, socialising and occasionally breaching from the water. Many Atlantic grey seals were also observed, both bottling and hauled out along the rocks of the Ceredigion coastline, as well as a rare encounter that saw a pair of seals vocalizing loudly to one another.
Weather conditions: dry, Wind direction: W – NW, Sea state 1 – 3, light to medium swell, visibility: >10km
Our Living Seas volunteers carried out three boat based surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd yesterday, and were rewarded with several sightings of bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals on each trip. Dolphins were seen foraging, feeding and occasionally leaping and seals were sighted both scanning in the water and hauled out. The last sighting of the day was a basking shark – the second sighting in the past couple of weeks despite being rarely seen in Cardigan Bay!
Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction: S – SW, Sea state 3 – 5, light swell, visibility: >10km
The weather was much calmer throughout the day, bringing with it the opportunity for several boat trips out. Our LivingSeas volunteers had another very successful day with over 30 dolphins spotted and 4 Atlantic grey seals.
Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction: W – SW, Sea state 3 – 5, light – medium swell, visibility: >10km
Despite the continued rough weather, a very lively day for boat based sightings occurred, with over 30 bottlenose dolphin individuals encountered across the two boat based surveys conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers. Included in these groups were several juvenile individuals as well as a calf.