Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction SE/S Sea State 1-3
During the two land surveys which were conducted yesterday, bottlenose dolphins remained in the bay almost continuously, actively foraging and chasing prey on the surface. Jacky and Jay were among the individuals which came to forage close to the harbour wall and hundreds of seabirds such as gannets were rafting, circling and diving above them. A female Atlantic grey seal was also sighted at midday, bottling in front of the pier.
Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction S/SE Sea State 1-2
Our Living Seas Volunteers carried out surveys throughout the day. Bottlenose dolphins were observed in all the landwatches yesterday, foraging around the cardinal buoy and travelling across the bay and around the headland. Towards the end of the last landwatch two mother and calf pairs came close to the harbour wall and were seen leaping and splashing at the surface. Through out the morning a number of Atlantic Grey Seals were seen scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall. One seal was spotted with a fish in its mouth! Other notable sightings include an oyster catcher and black-headed gulls (pictured).
Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted one boat survey yesterday, with beautiful conditions and excellent visibility. Sadly there were no dolphin sightings, however an Atlantic Grey Seal was seen scanning near the boat towards the end of the survey.
Weather Conditions: Overcast and fair, Wind Direction: NW, Sea State 4-6
The first two land watches yesterday were cancelled due to the strong winds and high tide bringing waves over the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was observed bottling and surfing in the water in the afternoon and a large number of seabirds were being blown into the bay, however there were sadly no dolphin sightings.
Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: NW/W, Sea State 2-3
Living seas volunteers saw bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day yesterday, displaying a wide range of behaviours, including leaping, foraging, milling and generally socialising. A number of large groups were seen in the afternoon leaping near the cardinal buoy. A mum and calf pairing were seen foraging the harbour during the first survey of the day. There were 6 sightings of Atlantic grey seals between 11am and 5pm, displaying a range of behaviours such as scanning, swimming, bottling, and logging.
Weather Conditions: Sunny/Fair, Wind Direction: S/W, Sea state 1
Bottlenose dolphins were seen during three out of four surveys yesterday. The groups of dolphins were foraging across the bay and some were seen leaping and lunging out of the water. Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming close to the harbour wall by our Living Seas volunteers during every survey. A red breasted merganser was also seen flying across New Quay Bay during the morning survey.
Weather Conditions: Rainy, Wind Direction: S/SE, Sea state 1
Two of our land surveys were sadly cancelled yesterday due to the bad weather and visibility, however a total of 18 bottlenose dolphins were sighted by our Living Seas Volunteers between 9am and 1pm, as well as 2 Atlantic grey seals. Two small groups of dolphins were observed actively foraging just off the harbour wall, with others feeding around the Cardinal Buoy.
Weather conditions: sunny, fair, wind direction SW, sea state 2
It was quiet day for Atlantic grey seals at Birds Rock yesterday, although our SeaSeal volunteer spotted one female swimming through the survey area. However, large numbers of bottlenose dolphins were observed, foraging and leaping, further offshore!! Bird sightings included several choughs, gannets and a kestrel!
Weather Conditions: Fair and sunny, Wind Direction: NW/W/SW, Sea state 1-2
Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins throughout the land surveys yesterday, with the most dolphins seen in the first and last surveys of the day. They were mainly observed foraging around the Cardinal Buoy and around the harbour wall. Dolphins were observed chasing fish on several occasions though out the day, with some seen leaping in the evening. One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall around lunch time. Other notable sightings include gannets, a turn stone, and guillemots and little gulls in their winter plumage.
Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea state 3-4
Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in 3 out of 4 land surveys yesterday, seen in small groups foraging and leaping. A number of groups were seen foraging while travelling across the bay, with groups staying in the bay for up to half an hour before moving off. An Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming close to the harbour wall during the afternoon.
Weather Conditions: sunny, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea State 2/3
Another sunny day with great visibility allowed for our Living Seas volunteers to carry out our 9am-7pm land surveys with Bottlenose dolphins being seen in 4 out of 5 surveys! A hand full of larger groups were seen yesterday close to the fish factory headland leaping and lunging. Snowcap was identified in the morning by one of our ShoreFin team; she came in close to the harbour wall and was seen to be foraging at depth. On the last survey of the day, a lone Atlantic Grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall. Other species seen yesterday included a Heron and a Rock Pipit.
Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction SE-SW, sea state 1-2
It was a busy day with large numbers of bottlenose dolphins seen during every landwatch by our living seas volunteers!! They were initially observed leaping and chasing fish over the reef. Later on the dolphins were seen travelling and foraging around the bay. At the end of the day an Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling next to the harbour wall! Plenty of birds were recorded including large flocks of swallows, gannets, rock pipits and guillemots in winter plumage.