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Sightings Update 15/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 3-5, Wind direction None – N/NW.

Five bottlenose dolphins were present in the bay from the start of our surveys yesterday together with an Atlantic grey seal off the harbour wall.  The dolphins were socialising and foraging.  Our Living Seas Volunteers continued having sightings of small groups of dolphins throughout the morning.  After a quiet afternoon there were further occasional dolphin sightings from 4pm on and another seal was seen bottling in the water north of the harbour wall.

 

Sightings Update 05/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny periods, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction N/NW.

Our Living seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins during each of the six surveys conducted yesterday. The dolphins were in small groups travelling through the bay and foraging.  During the second survey of the morning Atlantic grey seals were observed twice bottling in the sea north of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 01/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with some rain clearing later, sea state 1/2, wind direction S/W

A quiet morning for our Living Seas Volunteers with just the sighting of two Atlantic grey seals north of the harbour wall. Around 5 pm a group of four bottlenose dolphins appeared off the headland. Three of these remained throughout the evening survey giving a spectacular display of leaping and splashy behaviour.

21/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

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

Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys today aboard the Anna Lloyd. During the first survey a number of bottlenose dolphin groups were spotted foraging and socialising. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on rocks. Large aggregations of herring gulls, kittiwakes, razorbills and gannets were also seen resting on the water. In the second survey our volunteer spotted both dolphins and grey seals.

Sightings Update 14/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction S, Sea State 2-3 

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two land surveys yesterday and observed around nine individual bottlenose dolphins during both surveys, including Snowcap and her calf. The dolphins were in two distinct groups, foraging and socialising, as well as occasionally leaping. Two Atlantic grey seals were also sighted.

Sightings Update 13/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SW/S/SE, Sea State 1-3

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins travelling and foraging in the bay yesterday morning and a few Atlantic grey seals were also sighted throughout the day including a young juvenile swimming past the harbour wall. Other notable sightings include common scoters and guillemots in their winter plumage.

Sightings Update 02/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny/overcast, Wind Direction S/W Sea State 2-3

Our Living Seas Volunteers enjoyed a good day for cetacean sightings yesterday, with Bottlenose Dolphins spotted in every survey. They were mainly seen foraging by the reef and fish factory. There was also a large number of seals seen close to the harbour wall. Other notable sightings include lesser black backed gulls, rock pipits and common scoter.