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20/08/18: Atlantic grey seals

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.

10/08/2018: Atlantic grey seal

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.

09/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sighting Update 08/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

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.

06/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

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.

Sighting update: 05/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

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.

Sighting update: 04/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sighting update: 03/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

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.

Sighting update: 02/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals, basking shark

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!

Sighting update: 31/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

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.