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Sightings Update 11/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE changing to N/E later in the day

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in three out of six surveys. Around seven dolphins were seen throughout the bay with some individuals coming within 20m of the wall. A grey seal was also spotted in one survey just off the headland. A variety of bird life was also seen including gannets, rock pipits and jackdaws. There was a lot of Gull activity on the headland.

Sightings Update 27/03/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunny with light wind, sea state 1, wind direction W

A group of our living seas volunteers conducted 2 surveys from 9 am – 1 pm. There were plenty of dolphins throughout both surveys with two pods joining together to make a total of six Bottlenose Dolphins and a juvenile. A show was put on with a variety of behaviours including leaps, tail slaps, head slaps and flips. A lone Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted in the area throughout the first survey.

Sightings Update 22/03/2019: Bottlenose Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast and dull, sea state 1, wind direction SW.

A group of our living seas volunteers conducted 2 surveys from 11 am – 3 pm. The first Bottlenose Dolphin of March was spotted early on in the first survey, travelling back and forth between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. A lone Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted in the area throughout the second survey.

Sightings Update 08/03/2019: Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast and dull with light rain, sea state 3, wind direction SW

Three of our living seas volunteers conducted a survey from 11am – 1pm. The survey was quiet, with a lone Atlantic grey seal bottling briefly near the headland. Kittiwakes, one Cormorant and one Great black beaked gull were present throughout the survey.

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 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 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.