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Sightings Update 24/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Sun and showers moving to heavy rain, Wind direction NW-W, Sea state 3-4

Yesterday’s stormy conditions made for challenging land surveys for our LivingSeas volunteers, however both bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal were spotted from the harbour wall. The seal was recorded swimming close to the survey point during the early morning watch, while dolphins were seen constantly from 9am-3pm, before land watches were called off for the day due to poor weather. Mostly foraging, a small number of individuals (including regular visitors Jacky and Jay) could often be seen near the harbour. The cetaceans could also be seen leaping and displaying tail slaps.

Sightings Update 22/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind direction S-SW, Sea state 1-2

LivingSeas volunteers had successful land surveys yesterday with sightings of both Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal in New Quay Harbour. Our ShoreFin team was able to ID mother and calf pair, Jacky and Jay who were foraging and mingling throughout the harbour and survey area for at least 6 hours. The single Atlantic grey seal was spotted about 600 meters out from the harbour wall.

21/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2, Wind force 2

Our LivingSeas volunteers had a successful survey on a Dolphin Survey Boat Trip yesterday afternoon. Two of Cardigan Bay’s “Big Three” were spotted! Two separate groups of Bottlenose dolphins, which later merged into one group, were both foraging with a bit of leaping. A loose group of four Atlantic grey seals were spotted bottling in the water.

Sightings Update 20/08/2018: Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Fair to overcast with some rain, wind direction: NW/SW/W, sea state 1-3

It was a quiet day on the wall for our Living Seas volunteers, and a lone Atlantic grey seal was our only sighting of the day. The female seal was observed travelling past the harbour wall towards the fish factory in the evening. Notable bird sightings included a flock of 30 oystercatchers and a Mediterranean gull.

Sightings Update 15/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny to raining, wind direction: southerly, sea state 1-3 

Two of the Cardigan Bay big 3 were spotted by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday from the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted by the fish factory in the morning, whilst Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day close to the harbour wall, with some displaying sociable behaviour such as leaping and tail slapping. There were also groups observed foraging around the cardinal buoy.

Sightings Update 14/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny to overcast, wind direction: variable, sea state 1-3

Our #LivingSeas volunteers had a great day of sightings yesterday, recording marine mammals on every survey throughout the day. Mother and calf Jacky and Jay were seen just off the harbour wall, pictured below, as was adult male Vader. Furthermore an Atlantic Grey Seal was briefly seen travelling.

Sightings Update 12/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast and rain, wind direction S/SE, sea state 1

Two of Cardigan Bay’s “big three” were spotted by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday. A male Atlantic grey seal was seen just off the harbour wall in the morning and again later on, a bit farther out in the bay. Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the rest of the day including mother and calf pair, Jackie and Jay. They too were spotted within 100 meters of the harbour wall.

09/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell

A sunny day allowed for clear sightings on a dolphin survey boat trip yesterday. Two groups of three dolphins were spotted (one of which contained a calf) near Ynys Lochtyn. The two groups were foraging ahead then approached the boat for a moment before continuing East. An adult male seal was also spotted hauled out.

Sighting Update 08/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction: SW, Sea State 2-3, moderate – high swell, visibility: >10km

During yesterday’s survey aboard Anna Lloyd our Living Seas Volunteer saw two groups of dolphins. The first sighting of a mother and calf was at the commencement of the trip close to New Quay. Later on the return trip a group of three individuals was encountered. These gave passengers a good encounter with the dolphins socialising in close contact and at times leaping. There was also a sighting of a female bottling just off the rocks.

Sighting update: 02/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals, basking shark

Weather conditions: dry, Wind direction: W – NW, Sea state 1 – 3, light to medium swell, visibility: >10km

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out three boat based surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd yesterday, and were rewarded with several sightings of bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals on each trip. Dolphins were seen foraging, feeding and occasionally leaping and seals were sighted both scanning in the water and hauled out. The last sighting of the day was a basking shark – the second sighting in the past couple of weeks despite being rarely seen in Cardigan Bay!

Sighting Update: 25/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: SW/W. Sea state 1 – 3, Visibility: >1 – 10km

There were two boat based surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd and during both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted. A total of eight were observed including one calf and a juvenile that were in a group leisurely milling about near the boat. Sightings of Atlantic grey seals are increasing with 10 individuals being recorded along the coast. There were also observations of three types of jellyfish – compass, barrel and moon with over 100 of the latter being recorded on one survey.

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Sightings Update 21/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: overcast with brief sun, wind direction: N – NW, sea state 0-4

Our living seas volunteers were lucky enough to be joined in a good day of sightings by conservationists Chris Packham and Iolo Williams. Seals were seen within a hundred metres of the wall, and dolphins were spotted on a number of surveys most notably when they approached the wall and were observed to be chasing fish at the surface. Furthermore a 15 strong parcel of Oystercatchers flew past.