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SeaSeal Update 22/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N

Our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock early yesterday morning to conduct seal survey. Four Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water: two seen bottling (pictured) throughout the entire 2 hour survey and two swimming past Birds Rock. Bottlenose dolphins were seen, with one mother and calf foraging close to the rocks for a short time. A variety of birds were also observed, including several gannets, fulmars, choughs and a peregrine falcon flying past!!

Sightings Update 19/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: No precipitation/heavy cloud cover, sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10km to >10km

A dolphin survey boat trip was able to run yesterday afternoon. The state of the water started out calm and glassy then quickly became choppy with small waves due to the wind picking up. During the trip, our Living Seas Volunteer sighted a group of four dolphins. There were three adults and one juvenile. They were observed leaping, milling about, and travelling eastward. Two gannets were seen above the group. Later on in the boat trip an Atlantic Grey seal was spotted in the water. An Oystercatcher was also seen during the trip.

Sighting Update 18/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Sea State 1-3, Wind direction: S-W

Our #livingseas volunteers were lucky enough to see dolphins on every survey yesterday, and an Atlantic Grey Seal just off the sea wall. The dolphins were particularly energetic, leaping and swimming quickly throughout the day. They were also seen socialising in the bay in the evening. Furthermore we saw 16 Common Scooters, and a number of diving Gannets.

SeaSeal Update 16/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction SW

Our SeaSeal volunteer saw a variety of wildlife up at Birds Rock yesterday evening. A group of bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling towards New Quay and an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water! Lots of seabirds flew past the cliffs including red-billed choughs and a leucistic herring gull.

Sighting Update 16/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic  Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Overcast, Sea State 1 increasing to 4, Wind direction: SE – SW

A day of high activity; bottlenose dolphins (including juveniles) could be seen in the bay continually from 9am to 3pm yesterday. During the morning some individuals were seen right into the harbour, at times displaying leaps and tail slaps. After 3pm sightings were not recorded, possibly helped by the increasing winds and sea state. A single grey seal was also seen travelling alongside the harbour wall in the morning.

Sighting Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Mostly fair with sunny periods but clouding over late in the day, Sea state: 1-3, Wind direction: Varied

Dolphins were present in the bay close to the harbour wall at the start of the 7 am watch. Our #LivingSeas volunteers continued to see dolphins throughout the morning surveys and into the early afternoon. At least seven groups were identified with up to 18 different animals being present. The dolphins were observed foraging throughout the bay. A single Atlantic grey seal was also spotted.

Sightings Update 13/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Fair, Cloudy, sea state 1, Light swell, visibility >10km

There was one 2 hour boat survey undertaken by the Living Seas Volunteers yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd. There were three sightings of dolphins numbering six in total. They were observed leaping with close contact. One individual approached the boat and started bow riding. Three Atlantic grey seals were also spotted along the coast.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day. Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sighting Update 11/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sunny/fair. Sea state: 1 increasing to 5. Wind direction: Varied

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the sunny morning, seen foraging 900m offshore at the cardinal marker as well as traveling across the bay frequently. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the harbour wall over two surveys. Despite the sunny morning the sea quickly became rough and the wind picked up, bringing an end to the sightings for the day.  Grey mullet and gannets were also spotted.

Sightings Update 10/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km

Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.

Sightings Update 07/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny with little cloud, sea state: 1-3, visability: >10Km

We had three boat trips during the morning and afternoon, two of which saw both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals. Notably we had a couple of sightings of dolphins exhibiting socialising behaviour, including head and tail slaps and leaping. We also saw what we believe was a pregnant seal hauled out on the rocks. Furthermore there was an abundance of jellyfish.