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Sightings Update 17/06/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable but mostly overcast, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction S/SW/SE

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted six surveys on New Quay Harbour wall from 7am-7pm yesterday. Our volunteers were fortunate to observe dolphins in every survey where they were seen foraging, milling and travelling around the area. In the 9am survey a group of adult dolphins and one juvenile were spotted out by the cardinal marker foraging and milling near the surface.

Sightings Update 16/06/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast with rain at times, occasional sunshine, sea state 1-2, Wind direction S/SE

An exciting 7am start to the day for our Living Seas Volunteers who observed dolphins foraging close to the harbour wall throughout the first two surveys.  A mother and calf were also seen within the harbour amongst the moored boats.  One clearly marked dolphin photographed by our Shorefin Team is possibly a new one for New Quay.  Up to five dolphins were present until 11.30 when the weather deteriorated and there were no further sightings.

Sightings Update 15/06/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Mostly overcast with some sunny spells, Sea state 1, Wind direction W/SW

 

Our Living Seas volunteers surveyed New Quay Harbour from 9am-5pm yesterday. Dolphins were observed throughout the day foraging and travelling along the bay. In the 11am survey a group of adult dolphins and one juvenile were seen at the surface milling around near the fish factory. In the 3pm survey one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall.

 

Sightings Update 12/06/19: Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, sea state 3-4, Wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers braved the cold northerly winds to undertake several surveys from the harbour wall. An Atlantic Grey Seal made an appearance for our final survey of the day, popping up just in front of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 09/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with showers, sea state 1-3, Wind direction NW/SW/NE

A loose group of 3 dolphins was present in the bay at the start of our surveys but soon travelled west around the headland. Later in the morning our Living Seas Volunteers spotted a group of 5 dolphins enter the bay where they remained foraging.  They were joined by a further 2 before they all travelled west out of the area.

Sightings Update 05/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast later becoming sunny, sea state 3-2, Wind direction S/SW/W

Dolphins were present within the bay throughout our watches yesterday.  Our Living Seas Volunteers were fortunate to have good views of dolphins close to the wall and within the harbour.  They were joined by members of the Chester Zoo expedition team who were thrilled by their dolphin encounters. During the morning surveys up to eight dolphins including a calf were observed socialising and foraging. Later in the afternoon another group of 3 dolphins was spotted out by the Cardinal marker socialising near on the surface.

Sightings Update 02/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 3-4, Wind direction SW

The morning surveys were cancelled due to poor visibility but when conditions cleared in the afternoon our Living Seas Volunteer spotted a group of four dolphins foraging north of the harbour wall.  They remained for around 45 mins and at times were observed leaping and mingling at the surface.  Late in the evening a second group of three dolphins was spotted including a calf travelling across the bay.