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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.

Sightings Update: 18/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and Basking Shark

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells and strong winds, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 2-3

Groups of dolphins were seen foraging and socialising throughout the day yesterday, leaping out of the water and mingling at the water’s surface. A number of mother and calf pairs were able to be identified, including Jacky & Jay, Cross & Spot and Snowcap & calf. A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the morning swimming along the harbour wall, and a male was seen in the afternoon. There was also an exciting sighting of a juvenile Basking Shark during a morning survey.

Sightings Update 15/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey seals and Eurasian otter

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 1-2

Several small groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen during our morning land watches, appearing again during late afternoon. A number of mother and calf pairs were seen foraging for fish in the bay, for around an hour at a time. A Eurasian otter was seen once more, swimming towards the fish factory on the headland. We also had a number of Atlantic grey seal sightings, during the morning and late afternoon, with individuals exhibiting behaviours such as foraging, scanning and bottling.

Sea Seal Update 13/09/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

A brilliant Birds Rock survey for our Sea Seal volunteer yesterday evening! A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out on a small shingle beach close to where a seal pup had been sighted from boat trips earlier on in the day! Excitingly, she was recognised as a regular visitor Birds Rock!! Two more Atlantic grey seals were also observed swimming through the area, as were a group of bottlenose dolphins!

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!!