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21/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys today aboard the Anna Lloyd. During the first survey a number of bottlenose dolphin groups were spotted foraging and socialising. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on rocks. Large aggregations of herring gulls, kittiwakes, razorbills and gannets were also seen resting on the water. In the second survey our volunteer spotted both dolphins and grey seals.

Sightings Update 21/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 0-1, wind direction variable

 Living Seas volunteers made the most of the weather, conducting 12 hours of land based surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were observed throughout the day with groups travelling and foraging across the bay. Snowcap and her calf were also spotted near the headland. Large groups of herring gulls as well as cormorants and guillemots were spotted by our volunteers.

Sightings Update 20/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 0-1, wind direction varibale.

Our Living Seas Volunteers made the most of the lovely weather, conducting surveys from 7am-7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging across the bay, with some groups coming close to the harbour wall. A few individuals were also spotted leaping and lunging out of the water. Volunteers also recorded a variety of bird life including gannets, cormorants and mixed gulls.

Sightings Update 18/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction E/SE.

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in all six surveys with an almost constant presence throughout the day. The dolphins were spotted doing a range of different behaviours from foraging to travelling across the bay. One lucky volunteer spotted the dolphins leaping and jumping out of the water.

Sightings Update 17/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 1-2, wind direction E.

Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in all six surveys, with a constant presence during the morning surveys. The dolphins were seen foraging, travelling and tail slapping in locations ranging from near the harbour wall to around the cardinal buoy. One calf was spotted in the morning.

Sightings Update 16/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 0-2, Wind direction: Variable.

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am – 5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in all four surveys showing variable behaviour from foraging to mingling at the surface and also travelling through the bay towards the cardinal buoy.

 

 

Sightings Update 12/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins.

Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, sea state 1-2, Wind direction Variable.

 Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in five out of six surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day around the bay with one individual coming close to the harbour wall. One was identified as Juvenile. Behaviour varied from travelling from the headland to the cardinal buoy with some individuals tail slapping.

Sightings Update 11/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE changing to N/E later in the day

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in three out of six surveys. Around seven dolphins were seen throughout the bay with some individuals coming within 20m of the wall. A grey seal was also spotted in one survey just off the headland. A variety of bird life was also seen including gannets, rock pipits and jackdaws. There was a lot of Gull activity on the headland.

Sightings Update 10/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Fair and sunny, sea state 1-4, wind direction E/NE

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in three out of six surveys. A maximum of two bottlenose dolphins were seen around the bay between the headland and the cardinal buoy. One was identified as Juvenile. Behaviour varied tail slapping and leaping to travelling across the bay.

Sightings Update 09/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 1-3, wind direction variable.

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted bottlenose dolphins in four out of six surveys. The bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging between the headland and the cardinal buoy. One Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted in the 7am survey directly in front of the harbour wall.