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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 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, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10, Light swell

Two Living Seas volunteers conducted two separate two hour boat surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd. Both trips were sunny and a range of wildlife was seen. 14 Bottlenose dolphins were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and leaping out of the water. 3 Harbour porpoise were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and travelling. 2 Atlantic grey seals were also seen on one of the trips, and they were seen swimming and bottling.

Sightings Update 10/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, Sea state 2-5, Wind direction SW/W

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am to 5pm yesterday out on the harbour wall. It was a quiet day as only 3 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the 3pm survey, however they did come right up to the wall.  An Atlantic grey seal also made an appearance in two of the surveys, where it was seen bottling in the rough seas.

Sightings Update 03/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3, Visibility >10/1-10, Light swell

Three volunteers conducted an all day boat survey on board the Anna Lloyd with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. It was a busy survey as they had 13 separate encounters of both bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals. The dolphins were seen leaping right in front of the boat. Altogether they spotted 33 dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals.