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Sightings Update 19/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Fair, Wind Direction: S/W, Sea state 1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen during three out of four surveys yesterday. The groups of dolphins were foraging across the bay and some were seen leaping and lunging out of the water. Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming close to the harbour wall by our Living Seas volunteers during every survey. A red breasted merganser was also seen flying across New Quay Bay during the morning survey.

Sightings Update 11/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Rainy, Wind Direction: S/SE, Sea state 1

Two of our land surveys were sadly cancelled yesterday due to the bad weather and visibility, however a total of 18 bottlenose dolphins were sighted by our Living Seas Volunteers between 9am and 1pm, as well as 2 Atlantic grey seals. Two small groups of dolphins were observed actively foraging just off the harbour wall, with others feeding around the Cardinal Buoy.

Sightings Update 03/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Fair and sunny, Wind Direction: NW/W/SW, Sea state 1-2

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins throughout the land surveys yesterday, with the most dolphins seen in the first and last surveys of the day. They were mainly observed foraging around the Cardinal Buoy and around the harbour wall. Dolphins were observed chasing fish on several occasions though out the day, with some seen leaping in the evening. One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall around lunch time. Other notable sightings include gannets, a turn stone, and guillemots and little gulls in their winter plumage.

Sightings Update 30/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea state 3-4

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in 3 out of 4 land surveys yesterday, seen in small groups foraging and leaping. A number of groups were seen foraging while travelling across the bay, with groups staying in the bay for up to half an hour before moving off. An Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming close to the harbour wall during the afternoon.

Sightings Update 28/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea State 2/3

 

Another sunny day with great visibility allowed for our Living Seas volunteers to carry out our 9am-7pm land surveys with Bottlenose dolphins being seen in 4 out of 5 surveys! A hand full of larger groups were seen yesterday close to the fish factory headland leaping and lunging. Snowcap was identified in the morning by one of our ShoreFin team; she came in close to the harbour wall and was seen to be foraging at depth. On the last survey of the day, a lone Atlantic Grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall. Other species seen yesterday included a Heron and a Rock Pipit.

Sightings Update 25/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction SE-SW, sea state 1-2

It was a busy day with large numbers of bottlenose dolphins seen during every landwatch by our living seas volunteers!! They were initially observed leaping and chasing fish over the reef. Later on the dolphins were seen travelling and foraging around the bay. At the end of the day an Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling next to the harbour wall! Plenty of birds were recorded including large flocks of swallows, gannets, rock pipits and guillemots in winter plumage.

Sightings Update 23/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast at first becoming sunny, Wind direction NE/N/NW, Sea state 3-4

Our Living Seas Volunteers sighted dolphins throughout the morning foraging in the vicinity of the Cardinal Marker.  Nine individuals were seen including two juveniles.  After 2 pm as the wind strengthened and the sea became rougher there were no more dolphin sightings. During the day two Atlantic grey seals were spotted and there was a sighting of a migrating common tern.

Sightings Update 22/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, Wind direction NE/SE/S, Sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day yesterday by our Living Seas volunteers, foraging for most of the day but were also seen socialising and leaping. A number of mother & calf pairs were able to be identified, such as Corky & calf and Snowcap & calf. Lipstick was also seen foraging close to the harbour wall during both morning surveys. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off the headland by the fish canning factory during the morning survey.

Sightings Update: 16/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with rain at times, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 1-3

Groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen by our Living Seas Volunteers during every watch yesterday. Again several mother and calf pairs visited the bay to forage at times joining with others to form larger groups. There were also three sightings of Atlantic grey seals swimming just north of the harbour wall.

15/09/2018: Atlantic grey seal pup

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 3, Wind force 4, Moderate swell

Despite the choppy sea conditions yesterday, a successful boat survey took place in the afternoon, with a sighting of a young seal pup. The pup was hauled out on a small beach just past New Quay headland, towards Cwmtydu.

14/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal and Eurasian Otter

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction S/SW/W, Sea state 1-4

Following this morning’s otter encounter, bottlenose dolphins were observed on every following land survey. Multiple small groups and mother-calf pairs were foraging in the bay for up to 2 hours at a time, routinely leaping out of the water and belly rolling. These cetaceans came right up to the harbour wall at times, allowing our Shorefin team to photograph and identify several individuals. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall towards the late afternoon.