Sightings Update 17/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state: 3-1, wind direction variable

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys between 7am – 7pm yesterday. Following a quiet start, bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling from the headland, exhibiting foraging and leaping behaviours. This group remained within the New Quay bay area into the early afternoon, with our regular visitor, Snowcap, and her calf, identified by our Shore Fin team. A smaller group of bottlenose dolphins were later spotted entering the bay, and foraging around the cardinal buoy. Atlantic grey seals were also identified during our afternoon surveys, bottling close to the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 15/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction variable/none

Before heavy sea mist halted the day’s activity, our LivingSeas volunteers carried out land-based surveys from 7am to 1pm. The dolphins (including juveniles) were seen from the Harbour Wall throughout the day, seen foraging, feeding, leaping and travelling across the bay. Two seals were also spotted in early afternoon close to the survey point, travelling and also scanning the area.

13/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and more

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/NW

The coastal path over New Quay was a wildlife hotspot yesterday, with stunning bluebell hills and fauna giving our #Seaseal volunteers some incredible sightings. Surveys were carried out by Birds Rock, during which two of the Cardigan Bay big three were spotted!

Two Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled out on the rocks, actively watching the passing boats. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted, with groups leaping, feeding and socialising close to the rocks for hours.

Insects such as St. Mark’s flies were out in large numbers – as were a variety of bird species, including linnets, red-billed choughs, whimbrels, wheatears and more. Finally, a rare sighting of a magpie tackling an adder was captured.

Join us for a Wildlife Walk this coming Wednesday to experience wildlife up on the coastal walk from 10:00 – 12:30.

13/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state: 1-2, Wind direction: SW-NW

More sunny land watches for our #Livingseas volunteers, with bottlenose dolphins (both adults and young) seen throughout the day from 7am – 7pm; with cetaceans were seen almost exclusively in every 15-minute interval. Recorded behaviours include chasing fish at the surface, leaping and breaching out of the water. Observed fish species include mullet and bass. A single female grey seal was also sighted late afternoon and 3 huge bait balls could be seen offshore, playing host to a variety of marine life. As well as on land, members of the public on our Dolphin Survey Boat Trips were treated to fantastic close encounters.

12/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swell
One of our Living Seas volunteers went on a two hour boat trip yesterday, during which they saw all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three. Bottlenose dolphins were seen tail slapping and leaping with herring gulls overhead, and a mother and calf were exhibiting close contact behaviour, characterised by staying within one body length of each other. Grey seals were seen in the water, and a lone harbour porpoise was also sighted travelling.

10/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals, Harbour porpoises

Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, some fair weather, Sea State 2-3, Wind direction: W – S

A sunny day for our Livingseas volunteers, and we had sightings on almost every survey. Dolphins were seen leaping and chasing prey at the surface, during which Gannets were diving. Dolphins were also travelling and foraging around the Cardinal Marker throughout the day, and our SeaSeal team managed to photograph frequently sighted Jacky and her calf, see below. There was a lone porpoise and seal seen, both of whom were seen only briefly near the headland. In addition volunteers spotted a Barrel Jellyfish, a Herring gull playing with whelk eggs, a flock of Whimbrels and a Kestrel (also photographed).


07/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

07/04/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility 0-10km, light swell

The Living Seas volunteers undertook an 8 hour boat survey during which all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three were spotted. A few bottlenose dolphin groups (including 2 juvenile individuals) were seen during the trip. 6 harbour porpoises were also seen, with 3 animals coming within 100m of the boat. Atlantic grey seals were spotted, including males, females and juvenile both in the water and hauled out onto the shoreline. Bird species were also prevalent, including whimbrels, manx shearwaters and a shelduck.

07/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

07/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction variable

Due to foggy conditions similar to the previous day, surveys were started at 11:00am when visibility began to improve. During the survey bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the bay around 600m from the survey point. They were then seen for the majority of the day until 6:00pm, with adults and juveniles displaying leaping behaviours within at times 300m of the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the evening. Gannets were also around the area during the day.

06/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, Fog visibility 0-1km, light swell

New Quay was enveloped in thick mist yesterday but despite visibility being less than 1 km our Living Seas volunteers spotted the Cardigan Bay Big Three during three boat surveys undertaken on the Anna Lloyd.  A group of nine dolphins including Snowcap, one of our regulars, was seen during two trips exhibiting various behaviours including close contact, leaping and bow riding.  The evening survey recorded six Atlantic grey seals and one porpoise.

05/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic Grey Seals 

Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Sea state 1 – 2, Wind Direction SW – NW.

An exciting start to the day saw a pair of Bottlenose Dolphins during the 7am survey travelling westward across the bay. Dolphins were then present in the bay for the remainder of the day, in particularly high numbers from 11am onwards, with groups as large as 8 individuals spotted during the 3pm survey period foraging shortly off New Quay head. As well as a solitary Atlantic Grey Seal, that was spotted during the 1pm survey, swimming and diving in the centre of the bay. Sightings became harder to identify later in the day as a bank of sea mist rolled into the bay making further sightings difficult. However, a small group of bottlenose Dolphins were spotted foraging just off New Quay head towards the end of the 5pm survey, as pictured below. Our living seas volunteers also encountered an interesting sighting of a Common Lizard at the end of New Quay head whilst photographing Dolphins.

03/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

03/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction SE-SW

In the morning, bottlenose dolphins were seen at irregular intervals in the bay – with one seen close early on before it headed off towards the headland. Seen foraging, the dolphins were around for a few hours. Also spotted yesterday were seals, with one female individual staying within view of our volunteers for the majority of the afternoon. Gannets were also seen flying and catching prey quite close to the survey point.