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Sighting Update 16/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic  Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Overcast, Sea State 1 increasing to 4, Wind direction: SE – SW

A day of high activity; bottlenose dolphins (including juveniles) could be seen in the bay continually from 9am to 3pm yesterday. During the morning some individuals were seen right into the harbour, at times displaying leaps and tail slaps. After 3pm sightings were not recorded, possibly helped by the increasing winds and sea state. A single grey seal was also seen travelling alongside the harbour wall in the morning.

Sighting Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Mostly fair with sunny periods but clouding over late in the day, Sea state: 1-3, Wind direction: Varied

Dolphins were present in the bay close to the harbour wall at the start of the 7 am watch. Our #LivingSeas volunteers continued to see dolphins throughout the morning surveys and into the early afternoon. At least seven groups were identified with up to 18 different animals being present. The dolphins were observed foraging throughout the bay. A single Atlantic grey seal was also spotted.

Sightings Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Fair, Cloudy, sea state 1, Light swell, visibility >10km

There was one 2 hour boat survey undertaken by the Living Seas Volunteers yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd. There were three sightings of dolphins numbering six in total. They were observed leaping with close contact. One individual approached the boat and started bow riding. Three Atlantic grey seals were also spotted along the coast.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day. Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day.  Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sightings Update 10/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km

Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.

Sightings Update 07/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny with little cloud, sea state: 1-3, visability: >10Km

We had three boat trips during the morning and afternoon, two of which saw both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals. Notably we had a couple of sightings of dolphins exhibiting socialising behaviour, including head and tail slaps and leaping. We also saw what we believe was a pregnant seal hauled out on the rocks. Furthermore there was an abundance of jellyfish.

Sightings Update 05/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions, sunny, no precipitation, seas state 1 – 2, visibility 1 – 10km, Light swells.

The Sulaire experienced some exceptional encounters today across both boat trips. During the 10:45am passengers encountered a number of sizable Bottlenose Dolphin groups across the survey, as well as a solitary Atlantic Grey Seal as the bot returned to New Quay harbour. Passengers on the 12:45pm trip were lucky enough to encounter a large group of Bottlenose Dolphins composed of up to 15 individuals, this was a very lucky sighting for passengers as this large group approached the boat and travelled with the vessel bow riding for some time. Several other smaller groups of Dolphin were also seen on this trip as well as several Atlantic Grey Seal individuals that were observed at the start and end of the trip.

Sightings Update 04/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal.

Weather conditions: Sunny/Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction N – NE

Dolphins were spotted forging during the 7am survey, with one particular dolphin sighted travelling extremely close to the harbour wall. Bottlenose Dolphins were then spotted during every interval of the 9am survey, with as many as 17 individuals spotted within the bay across the 2 hour period of the survey, many of whom were seen leaping and breaching from the water during this time. Other than a small number of Bottlenose Dolphins that were spotted across the 11am survey, unfortunately no sightings were recorded during any of the afternoon’s surveys. Two 2 hour boat trips were conducted during the day, both with numerous Bottlenose Dolphin sightings, particularly during the 12:45pm trip, where a group of 15 Bottlenose Dolphins were observed approaching the boat, leaping and bow riding. Several Atlantic grey seals were also spotted during both boat trips, along the Ceredigion coastline.

Sightings Update 04/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and bluefire jellyfish

Weather conditions: sunny, no precipitation, sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swells

Our boat surveys had some incredible sightings on-board Sulaire, with some passengers witnessing bottlenose dolphins bow-riding and playing only meters from the boat. As well as the dolphins, both male and female Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming and displaying bottling behaviours. Lastly on a day of perfect weather, gannets were seen diving very close by, and thousands of Cyanea lamarckii jellyfish could be easily seen by the water’s surface.

Sightings Update 03/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny, no precipitation, sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Three boat surveys were undertaken on board the Anna Lloyd and each recorded sightings of bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals. In total 20 dolphins and 10 seals were spotted. There was one encounter where eight dolphins including two calves were bow riding whilst on a later trip a group of seven were spotted feeding and foraging.

Sightings Update 01/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins And Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: overcast and misty, sea state 1-3, visibility <1km, light swell

It was a misty day out at sea, however our Living Seas volunteers recorded 9 Atlantic grey seals over the course of two 2 hour boat trips. Two seals were unusually curious, repeatedly surfacing near the Anna Lloyd. Gannets were seen diving, as well as many razorbills and guillemots that were spotted around Birds Rock. A group of bottlenose dolphins were also sighted during a later boat trip.