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Sightings Update 12/12/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast/fair, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1/2

During our 11am – 1pm survey a number of bottlenose dolphins were present within the bay in several loose groups. In total 11 dolphins including one juvenile were spotted exhibiting plenty of social interaction and mingling on the surface.  At times one group of six approached close to the harbour wall.  Bird observations included a wintering red-throated diver and an unusual sighting for New Quay of a little egret.

Sightings Update 11/12/2018: bottlenose dolphins

Living Seas Volunteers Karen, Chris and Andy conducted two surveys yesterday morning. Large groups of dolphins were seen foraging and travelling throughout New Quay Bay. Some groups were very active, leaping and lunging out of the water. A variety of bird life were also spotted including three red throated divers and gannets.

Sightings Update 10/12/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny/fair, Wind Direction SW/W, Sea State 4/3

A group of four bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen foraging by the Cardinal Buoy during the first 30 minutes of a survey starting at 9am this morning. They then travelled west across the bay and were joined by a further group of 4 dolphins including 2 calves. There then followed an explosion of activity with leaps, back flips and somersaults as the new group continued rapid progress west past the headland.

Sightings Update 04/12/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and a black redstart

Weather Conditions: Overcast/fair, Wind Direction S, Sea State 1-2 

Our Living Seas volunteers braved the cold yesterday morning to conduct watches from 9am-1pm. Dolphins were seen travelling and foraging in the bay during the first survey. There were no marine mammals spotted in the second surveys but our volunteers were excited to spot a black redstart on the harbour wall. 

Sightings Update 16/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast/fair, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen almost continuously during the 11am – 1pm land survey. Several groups of dolphins were recorded throughout the survey, mainly displaying foraging behaviour; one large group included four calves. A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted towards the end of the survey, and was observed bottling beyond the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 15/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 2-4

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two land surveys, and briefly observed a bottlenose dolphin foraging near the Fish Factory. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming close to the harbour wall. Other sightings included a Mediterranean gull, and a raft of Common Scoter near the Cardinal Buoy.

Sightings Update 14/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction S, Sea State 2-3 

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two land surveys yesterday and observed around nine individual bottlenose dolphins during both surveys, including Snowcap and her calf. The dolphins were in two distinct groups, foraging and socialising, as well as occasionally leaping. Two Atlantic grey seals were also sighted.

Sightings Update 13/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SW/S/SE, Sea State 1-3

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins travelling and foraging in the bay yesterday morning and a few Atlantic grey seals were also sighted throughout the day including a young juvenile swimming past the harbour wall. Other notable sightings include common scoters and guillemots in their winter plumage.

Sightings Update 09/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast and rainy, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1

 Multiple groups of bottlenose dolphins totaling around 18 individuals were sighted continuously on this morning’s land survey, travelling around the whole of the bay and actively foraging, occasionally leaping out of the water. A female Atlantic grey seal was observed for over an hour bottling close to the harbour wall and seabirds such as gannets, guillemots and an oystercatcher were also sighted.

Sightings Update 06/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast and fair, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1-2

Our Living Seas volunteers saw bottlenose dolphins almost continuously throughout the two land based surveys conducted yesterday morning. A group of adults and juveniles were seen to be foraging around the cardinal marker and chasing fish along the bay, as well as exhibiting behaviours such as leaps and tail slaps.

Sightings Update 05/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Fair, Wind Direction NE, Sea State 2

One land survey was carried out yesterday, and our Living Seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins throughout the entirety of it. A total of 11 dolphins were seen foraging along the reef and by the fish factory. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen twice, swimming and bottling in front of the harbour wall.