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Sightings update 18/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins; Common dolphins; harbour porpoises; Atlantic grey seals;

Weather conditions: sunny; sea state 0-2, wind direction S-NNW

Three boat surveys were undertaken yesterday;  a 9 hour survey aboard Anna Lloyd and two 2 hour surveys on the Sulaire.  All had excellent encounters.  The Living Seas volunteer aboard the Sulaire observed the Cardigan Bay Big 3 recording 12 Bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals and one group of three harbour porpoises.  Meanwhile the all-day survey had a splendid day with sightings of 12 Bottlenose dolphins including 3 new born, 23 Atlantic grey seals including one pup and unusually seven groups of harbour porpoises totalling 22 adults and one calf.  In addition there was one confirmed sighting of a common dolphin and one possible thresher shark.

Sightings Update 05/09/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. During the first survey a lone bottlenose dolphin was spotted surfacing once before disappearing.  A female seal was seen close to the harbour wall and later on an unidentified seal was observed travelling in the bay. Volunteers also spotted sandwich terns and cormorants.

Sightings Update 25/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny;  visibility >10km; Light swell; wind direction N/NW force 2

During a two hour boat survey our Living Seas Volunteer spotted a group of seven bottlenose dolphins foraging near Ynys Lochtyn.  Later as returning into New Quay a lone adult was seen.  Also spotted were two female Atlantic grey seals hauled out near Birds Rock and a male seal bottling near Ynys Lochtyn.

 

Sightings Update 28/07/19: bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Fair to begin becoming sunny later, sea state 3, wind direction N/NW

A solitary dolphin was present during most of our first watch yesterday. It was foraging within the harbour and close to the wall.  A second dolphin was spotted mid-morning but this only remained foraging for a short while. Our Living Seas Volunteers also observed two Atlantic grey seals during the day swimming across the bay and bottling at times.

Sightings Update: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, rain; swell light

One survey was undertaken yesterday during which our Living Seas Volunteer spotted five bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile.  They were observed foraging and leaping whilst travelling in a south easterly direction.  There were also several sightings of Atlantic grey seals along the coast totaling 10 individuals.  Records of jellyfish are continuing with large numbers of compass and barrel jellyfish being spotted.

Sightings Update 14/07/19: The Cardigan Bay Big Three

Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state 2/3, Wind direction NE/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys on board the Anna Lloyd with dolphin survey boat trips. The Cardigan Bay big three were seen with one harbour porpoise, six bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals were seen. Bottlenose dolphins were seen bow riding and foraging, Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling and the porpoise was seen surfacing briefly.

Sightings Update 12/07/2019: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, Sea state 3-4, Wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted four surveys yesterday. Two Atlantic grey seals made a brief appearance in two of the surveys. One was seen surfacing briefly and the other was seen surfacing and swimming.