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Sightings update 08/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

The dolphins were very active at New Quay yesterday being observed socialising and foraging throughout our survey periods.  Our Living Seas volunteers recorded up to 18 individuals including at least one juvenile.  They remained off shore between the headland and the Cardinal Buoy.  During the morning watch  one female watch Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour wall and at various times there were sightings of barrel jellyfish and one moon jellyfish.

Sightings Update 06/09/2019: Bottlenose Dolphin and an Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast with rainy spells in the morning, turning to fair later on, sea state 2-4, Wind direction Variable.

Our Living Seas volunteers only carried out two full surveys yesterday (9am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm) due to poor weather conditions. Only one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging in one survey, and an Atlantic Grey Seal was also seen bottling.

Sightings Update 05/09/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. During the first survey a lone bottlenose dolphin was spotted surfacing once before disappearing.  A female seal was seen close to the harbour wall and later on an unidentified seal was observed travelling in the bay. Volunteers also spotted sandwich terns and cormorants.

Sightings Update 4/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins; Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast at first brightening later with sunny periods; sea state 3/4; wind direction W/SW

Two bottlenose dolphins were observed early during our 7am survey close to the harbour wall but they travelled quickly NW towards the headland.  Mid morning dolphins reappeared with a group of three being observed by our Living Seas Volunteers socialising and foraging just off the end of the harbour wall where they remained for over four hours.  One dolphin remained through our final survey  until just before 7pm.  The high winds also brought in some interesting birds with views of Arctic Skuas including one dark phase, multiple migrating sandwich terns and a sighting of a Sabine’s gull a rare vagrant.

Sightings Update 03/09/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Varying between fair and overcast with periods of rain and mist, Sea state 1-3, SE/S/SW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen during all 5 surveys and Atlantic grey seals were seen during the 7am-9am and the 1pm-3pm surveys. The dolphins were seen travelling across the bay, milling around, foraging, leaping and tail slapping.

Sightings Update 01/09/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW

There were intermittent sightings of small groups of dolphins and individuals throughout the day.  Our Living Seas Volunteers observed the dolphins foraging and milling about near the surface.  A total of seven dolphins were recorded during the morning and afternoon watches but as the sea became rougher in the evening there were no further sightings.

Sightings Update 31/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

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

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-7pm yesterday out on the harbour wall in New Quay. Bottlenose dolphins were seen between 9am and 2pm, travelling and foraging in the bay, with some milling right in front of the wall.

Sightings Update 30/08/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction: SW

 

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-7pm yesterday. Bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and juvenile, were seen sporadically throughout the day playing, foraging and travelling around the harbour.

Sightings Update 28/08/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Raining early on, turning to sunny in the evening, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction variable

 

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-7pm yesterday. Bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and juvenile, were seen during the first four surveys and were observed foraging and playing around at the surface.