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Sightings Update 30/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell

Four boat surveys were conducted out in the bay yesterday, in which all had sightings of marine mammals. The first trip had sightings of the Cardigan Bay big three – with porpoise, dolphins and seals all spotted from the Anna Lloyd. The following three trips all encountered bottlenose dolphins, including juveniles – with the animals leaping and bow-riding within 5 meters of the boat. Seals could also be seen swimming and hauled out on the rocks. A large moon jellyfish was also sighted.

Sightings Update: 30/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Varied, sea state 0-2, wind direction S-SE

Up until the 5pm survey, dolphins were seen throughout the day here in New Quay. A busy day with frequent activity; they were seen at times (alongside juveniles) leaping high out of the water. A mother and calf also came right into the harbour during the midday watch, seen swimming in-between the boats. As well as the dolphins, a single female grey seal was also spotted.

Sightings Update 29/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell

Yesterday our Living Seas volunteers were on board 3 separate boat trips, taking 2-hour surveys on each trip. On the first trip, Habour Porpoise were sighted travelling and Altantic Grey Seals were spotted bottling. In the next two boat surveys, the same group of Bottlenose dolphins were seen milling and foraging, and at times even taking part in some bow-riding.

Sightings Update: 28/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction variable

Land-based surveys were carried out from 7am to 7pm yesterday, with our Living Seas volunteers, and members of the public alike, being delighted to spot Bottlenose dolphins in every survey through this period. Individuals were observed to be foraging between the headland and cardinal buoy consistently throughout the morning, whilst leaping behaviours were also recorded. A single Atlantic grey seal was also sighted in our first survey of the day, travelling towards the headland.

28/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km/1-10km, light swell

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips carried out 2 hour surveys throughout bank holiday Monday, with our volunteers recording information on two of the trips. Groups of Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in both surveys, with a mother and calf choosing to approach the boat and exhibit milling behaviours. Atlantic grey seals were also observed both in and out of the water during one of our trips.

Sightings Update 26/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sun and showers, sea state 1-3, wind direction: wide variability          

It was a quiet bank holiday Saturday, with only three of our six surveys sighting dolphins which were seen travelling, milling, and briefly leaping. However we did see a nice variety of birds, including razorbills, guillimots, cormorants and gannets, and also a dog on a kayak.

SeaSeal Update 21/05/2018: Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 4, wind direction NW

During yesterday’s SeaSeal survey, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming past Birds Rock, in choppy sea conditions. There was also a high level of bird activity, including herring gulls nest building, choughs feeding and, at one point, a single kestrel flying past.

Sightings Update 22/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 4-1, wind direction NW

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out land surveys from 7am – 7pm yesterday. Following a slow start to the day, bottlenose dolphins were first sighted during the late morning, foraging around the headland, before moving back out of our survey area. Bottlenose dolphins were then spotted foraging again in the late afternoon, with one individual observed to be carrying out staying semi-motionless behaviour. Between dolphin sightings, our sea seal volunteer spotted a male Atlantic grey seal scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall.

SeaSeal Update 21/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and more

Weather conditions: Overcast/Fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

Our Sea Seal volunteer was up bright and early yesterday to conduct a morning survey at Birds Rock. Atlantic grey seals were spotted bottling in the water around the rocks. One of the seals was a returning visitor to Birds Rock. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted throughout the two hours: with Snowcap and her calf observed among the individuals feeding close to the cliffs.

Sightings Update 21/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state: 1 – 2, wind direction variable

Land-based surveys were carried out by our Living Seas volunteers between 7am – 7pm yesterday, with, much to the delight of the public, bottlenose dolphins being spotted in five out of six of our surveys. Throughout the morning smaller groups were seen to be travelling and foraging off the headland, with one individual closely approaching the harbour wall; whilst in the late afternoon a larger group were observed leaping throughout the New Quay bay area. Atlantic grey seals were also sighted throughout the afternoon.

Sightings Update 20/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal.

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state: 1 – 2, wind direction SE – SW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted Land Based surveys from 9am – 7pm from New Quays harbour wall. An exciting start to the day saw over 10 Bottlenose Dolphins foraging in the bay during the 7am survey period, along with an Atlantic grey seal that was also recorded. A quiet few hours followed with only 1 Atlantic grey seal being spotted during the 11am survey. However Dolphins returned to the bay during the afternoon with as many as 15 Bottlenose Dolphins recorded across the afternoon’s survey periods. During the morning a 2 hour boat trip was conducted from 10:45 onward, during which 3 Atlantic Grey Seals were observed and recorded, along with a range of sea birds such as Herring Gulls, Razor-bills and Gannets.

Sightings Update 19/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell

Four of our Living Seas volunteers boarded the Anna Lloyd yesterday, as part of an 8-hour boat survey around Cardigan Bay. During the trip, members of the public were delighted to spot the Cardigan Bay Big Three, in the glorious sunshine. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the start and end of the trip, whilst Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals were spotted throughout. Of particular note ought to be the high number of Harbour porpoises spotted, most of which appeared to be travelling or foraging. A number of Rhizostoma jellyfish were also observed during the survey.