The dolphins were very active at New Quay yesterday being observed socialising and foraging throughout our survey periods. Our Living Seas volunteers recorded up to 18 individuals including at least one juvenile. They remained off shore between the headland and the Cardinal Buoy. During the morning watch one female watch Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour wall and at various times there were sightings of barrel jellyfish and one moon jellyfish.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3; visibility >10km; cloudy; light swell
Three boat surveys were carried out during which our Living Seas Volunteers recorded four sightings of Atlantic grey seals and five groups of bottlenose dolphins. A total of 11 dolphins were sighted and various behaviours recorded including normal swim and head slapping.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, rain; swell light
One survey was undertaken yesterday during which our Living Seas Volunteer spotted five bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile. They were observed foraging and leaping whilst travelling in a south easterly direction. There were also several sightings of Atlantic grey seals along the coast totaling 10 individuals. Records of jellyfish are continuing with large numbers of compass and barrel jellyfish being spotted.
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, Visibility >10km, Light swell
One of our Living Seas volunteers conducted a boat survey aboard the Sulaire yesterday. Three bottlenose were spotted milling around the cardinal buoy and a further six individuals were spotted down by Ynys Lochtyn leaping and surrounding the boat.
Two female seals were seen hauled out by bird rock – one was pregnant.
Weather conditions: Fair with sunny spells, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction variable.
Our Living seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins during all six survey periods yesterday. The dolphins were in small groups including a juvenile, traveling throughout the bay and displaying leaping and tail splashing later in the day. During the afternoon 10 barrel jellyfish were spotted off the harbour wall plus a range of bird life including guillemot, oyster catchers, kittiwakes and cormorants.
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Living Seas volunteers conducted three surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd of Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Bottlenose dolphins were observed playing with jellyfish and foraging a long the coast. A number of seals were also seen hauled out on rocks.
Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: SW/W. Sea state 1 – 3, Visibility: >1 – 10km
There were two boat based surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd and during both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted. A total of eight were observed including one calf and a juvenile that were in a group leisurely milling about near the boat. Sightings of Atlantic grey seals are increasing with 10 individuals being recorded along the coast. There were also observations of three types of jellyfish – compass, barrel and moon with over 100 of the latter being recorded on one survey.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 0-1, visibility >10k
All of the Cardigan Bay Big Three – bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals – were seen during the boat surveys! Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both of the 2 boat surveys carried out yesterday. One Atlantic grey seal was sighted during the first survey and one harbour porpoise was seen in the second survey! As well as seals and cetaceans, an abundance of jellyfish were recorded. Hundreds of moon jellyfish were seen, as well as compass, blue and barrel jellyfish.
Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km
Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction: NE – NW
Dolphins were seen from 7am mid-way between the harbour wall and the headland – frequently leaping and breaching out of the water. From 9am-10am, the cetaceans stayed by the edge of the reef and could be seen foraging as well as displaying more social behaviours with leaps included. Two jellyfish species (Rhizostoma pulmo & Cyanea lamarckii) were also spotted from the survey point – with the latter seen in large numbers. Bird species including gannets and black-legged kittiwakes were also spotted.