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.

Sightings Update 09/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals, Harbour Porpoise.

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.

Sightings Update 08/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

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.

SeaSeal Update 06/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

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.