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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.

Sightings Update 14/10/2018: Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: N/NW/W, Sea state 2-3

Harbour porpoise were spotted throughout the day yesterday by our Living Seas volunteers, with single individuals spotted foraging, travelling, and logging on the surface for long periods. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also spotted, with males and females swimming and scanning close to the harbour wall.

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

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

One boat survey was carried out yesterday, with sightings of large numbers of Bottlenose dolphins, which were observed leaping and foraging close to the boat. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted from the boat, with 2 adults seen logging in the water, along with a very young seal pup hauled out on the nearby beach.

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

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

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the day yesterday, with very large groups seen for the entire morning, leaping, foraging and socialising. A number of mother and calf pairs were amongst the groups, including regular visitors Jacky & Jay (pictured). Atlantic grey seals were spotted from the harbour wall swimming close to the wall in the morning and the afternoon. 6 Whooper swans were also spotted flying past the harbour wall at around midday.

Sightings Update: 08/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Variable, Wind Direction: S/SW/SE, Sea state 1-2

Our volunteers sighted the Cardigan Bay big 3 yesterday; with Bottlenose dolphins seen in 3 out of 4 surveys, Harbour porpoise in both afternoon surveys, and Atlantic grey seals seen in both the morning and afternoon. Bottlenose dolphins were observed surfing the waves, chasing prey at the surface, as well as milling and socialising. The #LivingSeas volunteers were delighted to record our first sighting of Harbour porpoise in the harbour for a while, with a small group foraging and milling in the bay for around an hour. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted close to the harbour wall swimming and bottling throughout the day.

Sightings Update 07/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny spells, Wind Direction: S/SW, Sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the first and final surveys yesterday. Mother and calf pairs Snowcap & Mushroom and Jacky & Jay came close to the harbour wall whilst foraging in the morning. Later in the afternoon, small groups of dolphins were seen travelling across the harbour. Two female Atlantic grey seals were also seen, one in the morning and one towards the end of the final survey. Large numbers of gannets were sighted throughout the day, circling and diving on the horizon.