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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.

Sightings Update 04/10/2018: Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with rain at times, Wind Direction SW backing to SE, Sea State 1-2

There were sightings of 4 Atlantic grey seals during the four surveys undertaken. Our Living Seas volunteers identified 3 females and one male north of the harbour wall exhibiting various behaviours including hunting fish on the surface and scanning.

Sightings Update 03/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction SE/S Sea State 1-3

During the two land surveys which were conducted yesterday, bottlenose dolphins remained in the bay almost continuously, actively foraging and chasing prey on the surface. Jacky and Jay were among the individuals which came to forage close to the harbour wall and hundreds of seabirds such as gannets were rafting, circling and diving above them. A female Atlantic grey seal was also sighted at midday, bottling in front of the pier.

Sightings Update 31/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction S/SE Sea State 1-2

 

Our Living Seas Volunteers carried out surveys throughout the day. Bottlenose dolphins were observed in all the landwatches yesterday, foraging around the cardinal buoy and travelling across the bay and around the headland. Towards the end of the last landwatch two mother and calf pairs came close to the harbour wall and were seen leaping and splashing at the surface. Through out the morning a number of Atlantic Grey Seals were seen scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall. One seal was spotted with a fish in its mouth! Other notable sightings include an oyster catcher and black-headed gulls (pictured).

30/10/2018: Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted one boat survey yesterday, with beautiful conditions and excellent visibility. Sadly there were no dolphin sightings, however an Atlantic Grey Seal was seen scanning near the boat towards the end of the survey.

Sightings Update 26/10/2018: Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast and fair, Wind Direction: NW, Sea State 4-6

The first two land watches yesterday were cancelled due to the strong winds and high tide bringing waves over the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was observed bottling and surfing in the water in the afternoon and a large number of seabirds were being blown into the bay, however there were sadly no dolphin sightings.