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Sightings Update 04/11/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: fair/raining, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

 Our 2019 research season has ended however, our Living Seas volunteers will continue to conduct land based surveys when the weather is suitable. Two surveys were conducted from 9am-1pm despite the rain. One seal was spotted close to the harbour wall and two dolphins were seen briefly in the second survey.

Sightings Update 28/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Mostly fair with periods of sunshine, Sea state 1,2,3, wind direction SE/NE/E

Our living seas volunteers conducted land surveys from 9am-5pm. Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal were spotted during the surveys. The dolphins were sighted out towards the cardinal buoy and in front of the harbour wall leaping lunging and foraging at the surface.

 

Sightings Update 22/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Fair and Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. Both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seals were seen throughout the day. The dolphins were observed foraging around the cardinal buoy and then in front of the harbour wall on the last survey. The Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted in front of the harbour wall as well.

Sighting Update 20/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny and overcast. Sea state 2,3,4. Wind direction S/NE/N.

Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am – 5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted on 3 of the surveys travelling in front of the harbour wall and out towards the cardinal buoy. The dolphins were observed foraging and chasing prey at the surface. An Atlantic Grey seal was also seen just off the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 17/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunshine and rain. Sea state 1/2/3, wind direction SE/SW.

Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm and Bottlenose dolphins were seen on all surveys. The dolphins were observed foraging, as well as chasing prey at the surface, leaping and lunging! At least two calves were observed by volunteers. Also an Atlantic Grey seal was seen off the harbour wall on the last survey.

Sighting Update 13/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: rain/overcast and sunny. Sea state 2, wind direction SE, SW, NW.

Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted on the first 2 watches, traveling across the bay, in front of the harbour wall and then foraging around the cardinal buoy. Atlantic grey seals were also seen later on in the last survey.

Sightings Update 09/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast/rain. Sea state 2-4, wind directions W/SW.

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen on all surveys but one, travelling across the bay, foraging, leaping and lunging. Atlantic Grey seals were seen along the harbour wall on two surveys. An Atlantic Grey Seal was also spotted during one survey.