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Sighting Update 16/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic  Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Overcast, Sea State 1 increasing to 4, Wind direction: SE – SW

A day of high activity; bottlenose dolphins (including juveniles) could be seen in the bay continually from 9am to 3pm yesterday. During the morning some individuals were seen right into the harbour, at times displaying leaps and tail slaps. After 3pm sightings were not recorded, possibly helped by the increasing winds and sea state. A single grey seal was also seen travelling alongside the harbour wall in the morning.

Sighting Update 15/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Overcast, Sea State 1 – 2, Wind direction: South West – North West

A good day of land based surveys saw dolphins in the bay throughout the day. Sightings began with only one brief record during the early watch, however by 11am bottlenose dolphins sightings were exceptionally frequent, with sightings recorded across every 15 minute interval between 11am and 5pm.

Sighting Update 14/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Sea State: 3-4, Wind direction: Southwest

Groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen in New Quay Harbour yesterday throughout the entire day. Numerous groups were spotted milling and potentially foraging close to the harbour wall and around the cardinal buoy. One Atlantic Grey Seal was also spotted close to the headland. It was a sunny day and there was a high amount of Gannet and Manx Shearwater activity. Our Living Seas volunteers also saw a Great Skua!  The water was choppy, with a sea state at 3 to 4, so no Dolphin Survey Boat Trips were able to run.

Sighting Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Mostly fair with sunny periods but clouding over late in the day, Sea state: 1-3, Wind direction: Varied

Dolphins were present in the bay close to the harbour wall at the start of the 7 am watch. Our #LivingSeas volunteers continued to see dolphins throughout the morning surveys and into the early afternoon. At least seven groups were identified with up to 18 different animals being present. The dolphins were observed foraging throughout the bay. A single Atlantic grey seal was also spotted.

Sighting Update 12/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state: 1-4, Wind direction: Varied

Dolphins were seen by our #LivingSeas volunteers from the harbour wall in New Quay during the morning surveys. Predominantly seen foraging, the cetaceans were hard to spot between the breaking waves. Despite this; amongst the adult dolphins; a calf was seen close to its mother.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day. Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day.  Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sighting Update 10/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state: two, wind direction NW – N

A sunny day on the sea wall for our living seas volunteers, with bottlenose dolphins seen throughout the morning and afternoon. They were seen travelling back and forth between the fish factory and cardinal buoy. We got an impressive display of feeding during which the dolphins were tossing fish!! The water off the wall was particularly clear – fish and spider crabs could be seen beneath the waves.

Sighting Update 09/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Rain / Overcast, sea state: 1, wind direction NW – SW

Bottlenose Dolphins were the only marine mammal spotted throughout the day, and these intern were spotted only sparsely during the day. A decent start to the day saw a number of different groups of Bottlenose Dolphins foraging in the bay off the cardinal marker. This behaviour continued throughout all of the morning’s surveys, with many different groups of Dolphins seen foraging off the cardinal buoy and moving across the bay. However, no sightings were recorded during the afternoon’s surveys until the final land watch of the day where a large group of Dolphins were observed foraging shortly off New Quay head.

Sightings Update 08/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast / rain, sea state: 1-2, wind direction NE – SE

During a day of frequent activity, bottlenose dolphins were recorded in all of yesterday’s land surveys. Staying in the bay throughout the day, the cetaceans were often seen leaping high out the water – as well as playing with fish and seaweed. During the early morning watch one individual travelled very close to the harbour wall, giving our volunteers a fantastic encounter.

In addition, two seals were spotted by the headland – and cormorants could be seen fishing for and catching flatfish species.

Sightings Update 07/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny to overcast, sea state: 1-3, visability: >10Km

Our living seas volunteers enjoyed a sunny day surveying from the Harbour Wall, with half of our surveys reporting dolphin sightings. The dolphins were mostly seen foraging in the bay, but were briefly seen leaping near the cardinal buoy and fish factory. We were also treated to a lot of bird activity, including Oystercatchers and diving Gannets.