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Sighting update: 27/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation. Wind direction: S-SW in the afternoon. Sea state 2-3. Low – medium swell. Visibility: >10km

Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd. Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted in both, with three dolphins bow-riding the boat as the first trip came in, and two pods seen foraging on the second. The seals were seen bottling just off the coast in both surveys.

Sightings Update 27/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

  Weather conditions: fair/overcast, wind direction SE/S, sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen consistently throughout the day, with sightings in every survey carried out by our Living Seas Volunteers. Dolphins were usually seen foraging but became more active in the middle of the day, and were observed leaping by the headland. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning by the harbour wall in the morning, and another female seal was observed bottling later in the day. Various seabirds including a red knot (pictured) were also sighted.

Sighting Update: 26/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: none to N in the afternoon. Sea state 0 – 2, Visibility: >10km

There were two boat based surveys carried out yesterday by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday with Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals being observed on both. The dolphins were mainly seen foraging at Ynys Lochtyn, whilst the seals were seen hauled out on the rocks closer to New Quay.

Sighting Update: 24/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: W. Sea state 2 – 3, Visibility: >1 – 10km

During the first of the day’s boat based surveys conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers, a small group of 3 bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling down the coast from New Quay head, including a mother calf pair making their way down the coastline. On the Anna Lloyd’s return to New Quay harbour, a solitary bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging in the waters of the bay. A couple groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the last boat trip of the day on the Anna Lloyd, foraging at different locations along the coastal stretch to Ynys Loctyn. A couple of female Atlantic grey seals were also encountered hauled out on the rocks enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

Sighting Update: 23/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Intermittent rain, Wind Direction: S – NW, Sea state 0 – 2, Visibility: >10km

Our LivingSeas volunteers carried out 2 boat surveys with Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals observed on both surveys. There were some close dolphin encounters, with one group – consisting of two adults and a juvenile – chasing fish. A large number of moon jellyfish were also observed as well as seals seen hauled out on the rocks and in the water.

Sighting Update: 22/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind Direction: W – NW, Sea state 1 – 2, Visibility: >10km

A relatively eventful day for boat based surveys by our LivingSeas volunteers saw several sightings of both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seals throughout the day on the Anna Lloyd. Ideal conditions on the day allowed sightings to be fairly regular, with many encounters of Bottlenose Dolphins, as well as particularly high encounters of Atlantic Grey Seals that were observed across both of the days boat based surveys.

Sea Seal Update 19th July 2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny, no wind, sea state 1

A fabulous morning at Birds Rock, with lots of activity around the cliffs! Eight Atlantic grey seals were seen during the first half of the survey, hauled out in the sunshine and in the water. Five bottlenose dolphins were observed briefly foraging and chasing fish next to the cliffs!! Three kestrel fledglings were sighted flying around Birds Rock, as well as all the usual seabirds: fulmars, cormorants and gulls. Several compass jellyfish were also recorded!

SeaSeal Update 01/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!

Sightings Update 27/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 0-1, Visibility >10km

Two-hour boat trips were carried out with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips yesterday, with our volunteers collecting data on board. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging during the morning, whilst our second survey of the day, aboard the Sulaire, was lucky enough to have a group approach close to the boat. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted in the water on both trips.

Sightings Update 27/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 0-2, Wind direction: Variable

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted land-based surveys between 7am – 7pm yesterday, in what was the hottest day of the year so far. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the day, exhibiting behaviours such as foraging and leaping. Our volunteers, and members of the public alike, were also delighted to spot jellyfish being tossed by a group, including a calf, in the late morning. A lone Atlantic grey seal was also spotted, bottling in the bay.

Sightings Update 21/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 4, Wind direction: N/NW

Land-based surveys were carried out by our Living Seas volunteers between 7am – 7pm yesterday. Both bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were sighting towards the middle of the day, with the public being delighted to spot both foraging and leaping behaviours, from members of our semi-resident dolphin population. Other interesting sightings included an adult Mediterranean gull, a juvenile gannet, and several oystercatchers.

Sightings Update 11/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 2-4, visibility 1 – 10km

Living Seas volunteers took to the increasingly choppy sea for a two hour boat trip yesterday. Two seals were spotted during the survey, thought to be an adult female and juvenile male.