Weather conditions: Mist / Rain Moderate cloud cover, sea state 0 – 1, visibility: 1 – 10km
Two boat based surveys were conducted throughout the day, both with a good number and array of sightings. In particular the first trip of the day at 10:45, that despite the mist, was lucky enough to encounter the Cardigan Bay ‘Big 3’, that includes Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals, as well as a wide array of Sea Birds. The afternoons boat trip also encountered a number of Atlantic Grey Seal individuals as well as a group of Bottlenose Dolphins as the mornings mist faded away throughout the day.
Weather conditions: Overcast / rain, sea state: 1-2, wind direction NE – SE
During a day of frequent activity, bottlenose dolphins were recorded in all of yesterday’s land surveys. Staying in the bay throughout the day, the cetaceans were often seen leaping high out the water – as well as playing with fish and seaweed. During the early morning watch one individual travelled very close to the harbour wall, giving our volunteers a fantastic encounter.
In addition, two seals were spotted by the headland – and cormorants could be seen fishing for and catching flatfish species.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N-NE
It was a glorious day at Birds Rock and our SeaSeal volunteer was out spotting both marine and terrestrial wildlife from the cliff top! Three Atlantic grey seals were seen, during the two hour survey, in the water and hauled out on the rocks. A group of 15 bottlenose dolphins were feeding on fish seen just below the water. Large groups of seabirds were also observed feeding. Gannets were diving amongst large groups of gulls and many guillemots and razorbills were seen below the waves. A red kite flew past Birds Rock and a young fox was seen lying in the sun next to the coastal path! Several species of butterfly were flying around the wildflowers at the top of the cliff.
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE
It was a busy day at Birds Rock, with two of the Big Three spotted from the cliff top, as well as a lot of bird activity. Our #SeaSeal volunteer recorded four grey seals hauled out in the sunshine. They were actively looking around, wailing and bickering with each other!
The water was exceptionally clear and shoals of fish could be seen just below the waves!! Large groups of sea birds formed on the surface, with gannets diving right into the centre. Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were also observed travelling past and leaping in the distance!
Weather conditions: Sunny to overcast; no precipitation, sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
The fair weather and calm sea state yesterday allowed our volunteers on dolphin boat surveys to sight several groups of dolphins as well as a few seals. Dolphins were observed traveling at a fairly consistent speed with regular surfacing as well as a bit of diving and foraging. The few seals that were seen were laying on shore rocks.
Weather Conditions: Sea state 3-1, visibility >10km, light to no precipitation
Our Living Seas volunteers had the opportunity today to see a few groups of Bottlenose dolphins and some Atlantic Grey Seals whist aboard the Anna Lloyd. The seals were scanning and bottling. The waters were choppy at the start of the day then mellowed out at end of the afternoon. Fulmars and guillemots were also spotted resting and flying around cliff edges.