Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction SW/S, Sea state 1-2, Visibility 1-10k
An eventful boat based survey aboard the Sulaire with our Living Seas Volunteer spotting the Cardigan Bay Big 3. Several groups of dolphins were spotted totalling about 9 individuals including one juvenile. Behaviour included socialising and foraging. A pair of harbour porpoises were seen off Bird’s Rock travelling west and nearby a single Atlantic grey seal was bottling.
Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction N-NW, Sea state 1-2, Visibility >10k
On-board ‘Anna Lloyd’ for yesterday’s all-day boat trip, we had some incredible sightings recorded by our Living Seas team. The Cardigan Bay big three were all seen (dolphins, seals and porpoise) along with our first confirmed sighting of a basking shark here in three years. Although only a small individual of around 7ft, it was still a remarkable rare sight for all on the trip.
Weather conditions: Fair, Wind direction S backing N/W later, Sea state 0-2
A good start to the day with six Bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile observed by our Living Seas Volunteers foraging within the bay. During the morning there were also sightings of three Atlantic grey seals. The only other sighting was of four foraging dolphins in the early afternoon.
Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction SW/W, Sea state 2-0, Visibility >10k
Three boat surveys were undertaken yesterday by our Living Seas Volunteers. During the first two trips there were sightings of Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals. Five groups of dolphins were spotted totalling nine individuals. A variety of behaviours was seen including foraging, leaping and socialising. The seals were all seen in the water.
Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction W/NW, Sea state 2-1, Visibility >10k
Our LivingSeas volunteers had three successful Dolphin Survey Boat Trips yesterday, with sightings of all “Big Three”! A total of 18 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the day, displaying behaviours such as foraging and feeding, logging, and head slaps. A Harbour porpoise was spotted as well as Atlantic grey seals which were displaying behaviours such as bottling, swimming, and hauled out. Gannets and guillemots were spotted around the dolphin sightings.
Weather conditions: Overcast, Wind direction SW-NW, Sea state 1-2
Two of the Cardigan Bay “Big Three” were spotted in New Quay Harbour yesterday. During the first four surveys, Bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging and socializing around the headland near the Fish Factory. Dolphins then were spotted foraging around the Cardinal Buoy throughout the second half of the day. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the Harbour displaying behaviours such as swimming and logging. Other notable sightings include a Great crested grebe.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 0-2, visibility >10k
Our living seas volunteers conducted a single boat survey yesterday, and were treated to a number of Atlantic grey Seal encounters. They were mostly seen hauled out or bottling in the wate, and one was suspected to be pregnant.
Weather conditions: sunny to overcast, wind direction variable, sea state 1-2
Our living seas volunteers saw dolphins on a number of surveys. A mother and calf were seen travelling from the fish factory to the headland where they foraged with Gannets above. With them was Lipstick, one of our regularly seen dolphins, recognised by a distinct white streak along the front of his dorsal fin.
Weather conditions: fair to overcast, wind direction: N/NW, sea state: 1 – 3
Dolphins were seen throughout the day by our Living Seas Volunteers. Groups were seen foraging throughout the New Quay Bay area. Some individuals were also spotted leaping and lunging out of the water. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen during the 9am survey. It was a great day for bird watching with sightings of various species including oyster catchers, Mediterranean and black headed gulls, kittiwakes and much more.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 0-1, visibility >10k
All of the Cardigan Bay Big Three – bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals – were seen during the boat surveys! Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both of the 2 boat surveys carried out yesterday. One Atlantic grey seal was sighted during the first survey and one harbour porpoise was seen in the second survey! As well as seals and cetaceans, an abundance of jellyfish were recorded. Hundreds of moon jellyfish were seen, as well as compass, blue and barrel jellyfish.
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state: 1, Wind direction: N
It was a busy morning yesterday at Birds Rock when our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to conduct a survey. Five Atlantic grey seals were seen both in the water and hauled out on the rocks. A couple were squabbling over their position on one of their preferred haul out rocks. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted: a mother and calf were catching fish close to the cliffs.
Weather conditions: No precipitation, little to no cloud cover, Sea state: 1, Visibility >10k
Our LivingSeas volunteers had six sightings during an afternoon dolphin survey boat trip. Bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling southwestwardly and a second group was seen foraging. Female Atlantic grey seals were also spotted, displaying behaviours such as bottling. Other notable sightings include a Lion’s mane jellyfish.