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Sea Seal Update 09/09/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoises

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 4, wind direction W

Our SeaSeal volunteer spotted several Atlantic grey seals yesterday evening at Birds Rock, despite the wind and large waves! Two females and a male were observed in the water: scanning and swimming past the rocks. A small group of harbour porpoises were also sighted further offshore! Bird sightings included a peregrine falcon and a kestrel!

01/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 1-4, Wind force 2-5

Yesterday our Living Seas volunteers carried out two boat-based surveys observing Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose dolphins on both. The seals were observed in the water scanning and bottling, notably with some close to caves. Dolphins could be observed leaping and socialising.

Sightings Update 01/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: fair, Wind direction: S/SE, Sea state 1-3 

It was a good day for marine mammal observations for our Living Seas volunteers with two of the Cardigan Bay big 3 being observed. Two Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted close to the harbour wall and near the fish factory. Bottlenose dolphins could also be seen foraging and displaying social behaviours such as leaping. Two of the dolphins were identified by our Shore Fin team as Jackie and her calf Jay.  

SeaSeal Update 31/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

It was a busy evening at Birds Rock, with a large number of Atlantic grey seals recorded by our Sea Seal volunteer. Two seals were observed hauled out throughout the entire two hour survey, with one being quite vocal. Towards the end of the survey, several more seals were spotted swimming into the area: splashing and fighting in the water once they reached the sea around the rocks. Bird sightings included oystercatchers, fulmars and a heron.

Sightings Update 27/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind direction S-W, Sea state 2-4

2 of the Cardigan Bay big 3 were seen yesterday, with bottlenose dolphins appearing on and off throughout the day. Our ShoreFin volunteers were able to ID two of them by their fins: Snowcap and Brian. Seals were also observed all day, displaying behaviours such as bottling and scanning. It was a great day for birdwatching, with sandwich terns, fulmars and a second summer Med gull among the most notable sightings.

SeaSeal Update 22/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S-W

A great day at Birds Rock yesterday with plenty of Atlantic grey seal sightings during the two hour survey conducted. Three seals were observed in the water, bottling, scanning and diving. Another spent some time attempting to haul out onto the rocks despite the large waves washing over them. Excitingly, our Sea Seal volunteer was able to identify three of the four of the seals recorded as individuals spotted at Birds Rock earlier this year! Other sightings included kestrels, gannets and a small toad.

20/08/18: Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km occasionally clearing to >10km, light-medium swell

Three Atlantic grey seals were seen by our Living Seas volunteers today across our boat surveys. All were close to the Llangrannog area and were observed bottling and foraging.

SeaSeal Update 10/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W

Four Atlantic grey seals were observed at Birds Rock yesterday afternoon by our SeaSeal volunteer! Three were sighted in the water – bottling, scanning and logging. One remained hauled out on the rocks for the entire survey and was identified as an individual seen during previous surveys at Birds Rock!!

06/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction:W-SW, Sea State 1-3, light swell, visibility: >10km

 Volunteers conducted two boat surveys yesterday where Atlantic grey seals and bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both. The dolphins were seen splashing and jumping as well as foraging and feeding at the surface. Bottling behaviour and moving in and out of the water was seen by the seals.

SeaSeal Survey Update 04/08/18: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1

Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!

Sighting update: 03/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: dry, mist and rain, Wind direction: S – W, Sea state 1 – 2, light swell, visibility: 1 – 10km/>10km.

Three boat based surveys were conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers across both the Sulaire and Anna Lloyd. Volunteers were lucky enough to experience several encounters of bottlenose dolphins, observing these animals foraging, socialising and occasionally breaching from the water. Many Atlantic grey seals were also observed, both bottling and hauled out along the rocks of the Ceredigion coastline, as well as a rare encounter that saw a pair of seals vocalizing loudly to one another.

Sightings Update 31/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sun/rain, wind direction SE – SW, sea state 1-2

A very lively day for sightings saw bottlenose dolphin sightings occur across every survey of the day, as well as some sightings of Atlantic grey seals by our LivingSeas volunteers from New Quays harbour wall. High numbers of dolphins were recorded across the day’s surveys with as many as 14 individuals encountered across the 11am survey period. The large male bottlenose known as Lipstick was also identified in the bay during the 1pm survey. As well as a couple of Atlantic grey seals that were seen swimming shortly off the harbour wall across two of the days survey periods.