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Sightings Update 06/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: NW/N/NE, Sea state 3-4

 

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins in the morning surveys, including a mother and calf pair, foraging around the Cardinal marker for two hours before swimming offshore. A small grey seal was spotted in the late morning near the harbour wall and swam away from the harbour, towards the fish factory and around the headland. There were three more grey seal sightings throughout the afternoon that were seen swimming a similar route. Other notable sightings include turn stone,  guillemots in their winter plumage, Mediterranean gulls, and a large number of gannets feeding offshore.

SeaSeal Survey Update 06/10/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair, wind direction N, sea state 3-5

Despite the strong wind and large waves our SeaSeal volunteer spotted three Atlantic grey seals at Birds Rock yesterday!! A female was observed during the first half of the survey, scanning and diving in the same spot. The other two individuals were sighted in the water, swimming through the survey area. A pair of choughs was also seen flying around the cliffs!

Sightings Update 05/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: S/SW/NW/N, Sea state 1-3

Bottlenose dolphins were observed continuously for the first 2 hour survey yesterday, foraging between the headland and the Cardinal Buoy, and approaching close to the harbour wall at times. Three Atlantic grey seals were also sighted in the morning. The sea conditions deteriorated steadily throughout the day with no cetacean or seal activity recorded in the bay between 13:00 and 17:00 but a black-throated diver was spotted on the water.

Sightings Update 04/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal and Eurasian Otter  

Weather Conditions: Fair to overcast, Wind Direction: S/SW, Sea state 0-1

It was the return of the Eurasian Otter during yesterday’s land surveys; it was seen travelling from the harbour wall towards the Cardinal Buoy in the morning. There were also a number of Bottlenose Dolphins seen in the early morning and again late afternoon, including Corky and calf close to the harbour wall in the afternoon. 2 Atlantic Grey seals were observed close to the harbour wall swimming and scanning.

04/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea State 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-4

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out one boat survey yesterday with a number of bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal sightings. A group were seen at the start of the survey foraging close to the fish factory, with around 5 gannets circling overhead. Whilst later on in the survey a female Atlantic Grey Seal was observed scanning in the water, with its pup hauled out.

Sightings Update 02/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: W, Sea state 1-3

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins throughout the land surveys yesterday. They were mainly observed foraging and chasing after fish around the Cardinal Buoy, with some seen leaping later in the day. There was also large number of Atlantic Grey seals seen with 3 being seen just outside the harbour wall just after lunchtime! These were mainly scanning and bottling. Other notable sightings include gannets, and guillemots and Mediterranean gulls in their winter plumage.

01/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny and fair, Wind Direction: N/NW, Sea state 1-3

 Yesterday was quieter than previous days in terms of marine mammal sightings with no bottlenose dolphins being seen between 9am and 1pm but Snowcap and her calf Mushroom came up close to the wall later in the afternoon and were observed throwing and chasing fish at the surface below circling and diving gannets. A few female grey seals also passed in front the harbour wall throughout the day, displaying behaviours such as swimming and bottling.

29/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoise

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea State 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-3

Three of our Living Seas volunteers carried out an all day boat survey yesterday with the Cardigan Bay Big 3 being observed. Bottlenose Dolphins were seen throughout the survey foraging and travelling. There were also around 30 Atlantic Grey Seals hauled out and swimming in a rocky bay between Cardigan Island and Mwnt. One group of 2 harbour porpoises were observed early on in the day around 100 metres from the boat.

27/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea State 1-2, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-3

Two boat trips yesterday produced some good marine mammal sightings. 2 seal pups were seen, one swimming with its mother, and one hauled out, and an additional 6 female Atlantic grey seals were in the sea bottling and swimming. Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were also observed leaping and foraging at the sea surface.

Sightings Update 27/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction S/SW/NW, sea state 1-2

The sunny weather and calm sea conditions yesterday made for another ideal day for spotting marine wildlife. Multiple small groups of dolphins were observed between our 9am and 7pm land surveys including a close encounter with Jacky and Jay who came to forage close to the wall in the morning. In the afternoon, 4 Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming and bottling right in front of the wall and one individual was feeding with a fish in its mouth.

Sightings Update 26/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction S, sea state 1-2

It was an excellent day for our Living Seas volunteers, both in terms of sightings and the sunny weather! Bottlenose dolphins were observed all around the bay mainly foraging, but showing more social behaviours later on in the day. Some were even seen leaping in front of the wall in the early evening! There were also 6 Atlantic Grey Seals seen throughout the day travelling close to the harbour wall.

Sightings Update: 21/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction W/SW, Sea state 3-5

Unfortunately the first land watch yesterday was cancelled due to poor weather. Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted the remaining surveys despite the rough seas, with dolphin sightings increasing throughout the afternoon. Some close encounters were enjoyed where dolphins could be seen surfing the waves. 10 individuals including Jacky and Jay as well as Snowcap and Mushroom were observed in the final survey. Both a male and female grey seal were seen just off the harbour wall earlier in the day.