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