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Sightings Update 30/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction varied, Sea State 1-3

It was a varied day for spotting marine mammals yesterday for our Living Seas Volunteers. 9 bottlenose dolphins were observed in the first land watch of the morning. They were observed travelling and foraging right around the bay. Later in the day a number of Atlantic Grey Seals were seen scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 29/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SE/E, Sea State 1-2

Beautiful conditions and great visibility meant that our Living Seas volunteers were able to carry out surveys throughout the day yesterday. Groups of Bottlenose dolphins were seen in our first and last survey of the day yesterday, with groups seen close to the harbour wall leaping and socialising, as well as foraging near the cardinal marker. Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming along the harbour wall in the morning and afternoon. An exciting bird sighting of a flock of Great White Egrets were seen flying across the harbour in the afternoon.

Sightings Update 28/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea State 3-4

Our first land watch yesterday was sadly cancelled due to rough sea conditions, however during our second land watch of the morning our Living Seas volunteers spotted a small group of dolphins travelling past the headland. We also had a number of sightings of Atlantic grey seals, in both the morning and the afternoon. Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling and hunting in the morning, and swimming past the harbour wall in the afternoon.

Sightings Update 25/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: NW, Sea State 2-3

It was a good day for our Living Seas Volunteers yesterday with Bottlenose Dolphins being observed in every survey. The same dolphin was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy for around four hours! One dolphin was identified by our ShoreFin team as Vader and could be seen surfing the waves. There were also three sightings of Atlantic Grey Seals swimming and scanning throughout the day.

25/10/2018 : Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation/Overcast, Sea state 3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3

Two boat surveys were conducted yesterday, and both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were sighted. A pregnant female seal was seen hauled out on a beach near the headland, which looked likely as if it would give birth later that day. Seals were also sighted bottling and scanning in both surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the second survey foraging near the boat.

Sightings Update 24/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals  

Weather Conditions: Overcast/Fair, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea State 3

Groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen in our first survey of the day yesterday, foraging and milling near the cardinal buoy. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also seen throughout the day, with a female seal seen scanning and bottling right in front of the harbour wall in the morning, and again in our last survey of the day.

Sightings Update 22/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea State 2-4

Bottlenose dolphins were seen during every land based survey yesterday. Groups of dolphins were observed travelling and foraging throughout the New Quay Bay area. Our ShoreFin team identified regular visitor Snowcap and her calf. Two female Altantic grey seals were also spotted by our Living Seas volunteers.

Sightings Update 17/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast/Fair, Wind Direction: SW/N/NW, Sea state 0-3

Bottlenose dolphins were in the bay in the morning and in the afternoon, with groups seen towards the edges of the bay leaping, foraging and milling. A number of mother and calf pairs were amongst the groups. Atlantic grey seals were seen close to the harbour wall foraging and scanning for long periods of time, with one individual observed staying near the wall for around an hour and a half. Notable bird sightings include a group of migrating skylarks, turnstones, gannets and a guillemot.

Sightings Update 16/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast/Sunny, Wind Direction: S/SE/SW, Sea state 0-2

Bottlenose dolphins were observed in all four land surveys today, an increase in sightings after the low numbers following storm Callum. The largest group of 10 individuals was seen in the morning travelling towards the headland and some individuals, including Vader (pictured), came to forage close to the harbour wall. Five Atlantic grey seals were seen over the day and a group of common scoters was spotted flying west.

Sightings Update 15/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea state 2-3

It was a quiet day for our Living Seas volunteers on the harbour wall in New Quay with nothing being seen throughout the first two surveys. In the afternoon two Atlantic Grey Seals were observed swimming. There was also a lone bottlenose dolphin seen briefly foraging close to the Cardinal Buoy.

15/10/18: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 3-4, Visibility >10km, Wind force 3

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out one boat survey yesterday, with a number of Atlantic Grey Seals seen bottling close to the shore. Towards the end of the survey they were lucky enough to observe a group of 6 bottlenose dolphins foraging including a calf and juvenile. A gannet could also be seen foraging close to the cliffs.

14/10/18: Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3

On our boat survey yesterday our Living Seas volunteer was delighted to spot a small group of Harbour porpoise foraging near the boat, including one mother and calf pair. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also sighted, both hauled out on nearby beaches and swimming near the boat.