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Sightings Update 24/07/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, SE

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys in the beautiful sunshine from 7am-5pm yesterday out on the harbour wall in New Quay. Bottlenose dolphins could be seen in four of the surveys travelling and foraging in the bay.

Sightings Update 21/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny at first but clouding over with showers later; wind direction SE/S/SW; sea state 2/3 becoming calm by end of the day

Mid-morning a group of four dolphins were spotted foraging just off the end of the sea wall. They remained for one hour before leaving the area.  A mother and juvenile were then observed foraging across the bay until they too left early in the afternoon.

Sightings Update: 19/08/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, Sea state 2-3, wind direction SW/W/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm yesterday out on the harbour wall. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the 9am-1pm surveys, milling right in front of the harbour wall. Lots of birds were also spotted whilst conducting these surveys, including a Red Kite.

Sightings 18/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seal

Our land surveys yesterday produced excellent sightings of bottlenose dolphins for our Living Seas Volunteers.  Two dolphins were present in the bay at the start of our surveys at 7am.  Later in the morning numbers increased so at midday there were ten individuals in the bay foraging and socialising.  Up to 20 individuals in total were seen including a young calf. Later in the day an Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling towards the headland.

Sightings Update: 17/08/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, Sea state 1-3, wind direction S/SW/SW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-7pm yesterday out on the harbour wall. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in every survey, including a mother and calf. Some dolphins were seen leaping and foraging right in front of the harbour wall. A variety of birds were also spotted, including oyster catchers and mute swans.

Sightings Update 16/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Mostly overcast with periods of heavy rain, Sea state 2-3, S/SW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-3pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout all of the surveys. The dolphins were seen leaping, foraging and travelling across the bay. An Atlantic grey seal was seen at 10:45. Gannets were also seen diving with the dolphins.

Sightings Update 15/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-4, wind direction variable

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm. Dolphins were seen throughout all of the surveys, including a juvenile in the morning. The dolphins were seen leaping and foraging throughout the day. An adult Atlantic grey seal was also seen at 7am. Over 50 sandwich terns were spotted between 9am and 11am.

Sightings Update: 14/08/19

Weather conditions: Showers in the morning, brightening later; wind SE/SW/S; sea state 1-3

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen during the 9am watch milling around at the surface.  Later in the afternoon our Living Seas Volunteers again observed dolphins foraging close in to the harbour wall.  Up to five dolphins were present together before they headed west past the headland.  An Atlantic grey seal was also observed off the headland bottling.

Sightings Update 13/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2, wind direction N/NE/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-7pm yesterday. 13 Bottlenose dolphins were seen from the harbour wall throughout the day. The dolphins were seen mainly foraging throughout the day and they were also seen leaping and tail slapping.

Sightings Update 12/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable but mostly sunny, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction SW/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-7pm yesterday. A total of 7 bottlenose dolphins were seen in the morning and early evening. A mother and a juvenile were seen plus dolphins leaping close to the harbour wall!