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Sighting Update: 20/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals

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.

Sightings Update 19/07/2018: Basking shark, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise & Atlantic grey seals

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.

Sightings Update 18/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sightings Update 18/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sightings Update 17/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

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.

Sightings Update 17/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sightings Update 14/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seal

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.

Sightings Update 14/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

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.

Sightings Update 12/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

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.

Sightings Update 08/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seal

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.

SeaSeal Update 07/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

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.

Sightings Update 06/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

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.