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Sightings Update 20/08/2018: Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Fair to overcast with some rain, wind direction: NW/SW/W, sea state 1-3

It was a quiet day on the wall for our Living Seas volunteers, and a lone Atlantic grey seal was our only sighting of the day. The female seal was observed travelling past the harbour wall towards the fish factory in the evening. Notable bird sightings included a flock of 30 oystercatchers and a Mediterranean gull.

Sightings Update 19/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Rain at first becoming dry but overcast, wind direction: S/SW, sea state 1-3

Five bottlenose dolphins were seen during the 7 am watch foraging north of the harbour wall. Later in the morning three dolphins including a juvenile entered the bay and remained for most of the day to the delight of the visitors to the New Quay Regatta and the Living Seas Roadshow. They were joined by four other adults for a while mid-afternoon.

Sightings Update 18/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Mostly overcast with some rain and mist, wind direction: W/SW, sea state 1-4

During the early morning watch our Living Seas Volunteer saw six dolphins active within the bay foraging between the headland and the Cardinal Marker. It then went quiet for a few hours until mid-afternoon when 2 adult dolphins entered the bay and foraged north of the harbour wall for 2 hours,

Sightings Update 16/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, wind direction: Westerly, sea state 2-3 

Both bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were seen, providing our LivingSeas volunteers another busy day for wildlife spotting. The choppy waters made spotting the dolphins harder than normal, especially as they were mostly partaking in foraging dives where they would stay under the water for long periods of time.

Sightings Update 15/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny to raining, wind direction: southerly, sea state 1-3 

Two of the Cardigan Bay big 3 were spotted by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday from the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted by the fish factory in the morning, whilst Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day close to the harbour wall, with some displaying sociable behaviour such as leaping and tail slapping. There were also groups observed foraging around the cardinal buoy.

Sightings Update 14/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny to overcast, wind direction: variable, sea state 1-3

Our #LivingSeas volunteers had a great day of sightings yesterday, recording marine mammals on every survey throughout the day. Mother and calf Jacky and Jay were seen just off the harbour wall, pictured below, as was adult male Vader. Furthermore an Atlantic Grey Seal was briefly seen travelling.

Sightings Update 13/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction NW/W swinging to S in the afternoon, sea state 1-3

A great morning for bottlenose sightings saw dolphins spotted in almost every interval up until 3pm by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday. A group of six, including mother and calf pair, Jacky and Jay, were observed tossing fish by the harbour wall. Two adults and a calf then made their way around the wall into the harbour area and foraged there for the next hour.

Sightings Update 12/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast and rain, wind direction S/SE, sea state 1

Two of Cardigan Bay’s “big three” were spotted by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday. A male Atlantic grey seal was seen just off the harbour wall in the morning and again later on, a bit farther out in the bay. Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the rest of the day including mother and calf pair, Jackie and Jay. They too were spotted within 100 meters of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 09/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2

Mother and calf pairs were spotted in the harbour throughout the day yesterday. Their activity consisted mostly of foraging towards the left side of the bay between the cardinal buoy and the harbour itself. Several other individual dolphins were also spotted foraging around the same areas. Notable seabird sightings include Fulmars, Gannets, Whimbrels and Oystercatchers.

Sightings Update 08/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast with rain in the morning clearing to give bright sunshine later, Wind Direction: S/SW swinging to W/NW in afternoon, sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen by our Living Seas Volunteers during the morning surveys. The animals mostly remained off shore foraging between the headland and the Cardinal Buoy. Activity quietened during the afternoon with just a brief sighting of a mother and calf north east of the harbour wall.