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/fair, Wind direction: NW-SW, Sea state 0-4
Another busy day of land surveying yesterday, with bottlenose dolphins recorded during each of six surveys. Notably during the early morning and evening watches, dolphins could be seen only meters from the harbour wall – with two individuals quickly identified as Jacky and her calf Jay. As a whole, dolphins were noted to display leaps, travelling behaviours and foraging behaviours – with the mother and calf pair observed to be chasing fish at the surface. Other sightings include cormorants, flatfish, manx shearwater, moon jellyfish and bluefire jellyfish.
Weather conditions: sunny, no precipitation, sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swells
Our boat surveys had some incredible sightings on-board Sulaire, with some passengers witnessing bottlenose dolphins bow-riding and playing only meters from the boat. As well as the dolphins, both male and female Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming and displaying bottling behaviours. Lastly on a day of perfect weather, gannets were seen diving very close by, and thousands of Cyanea lamarckii jellyfish could be easily seen by the water’s surface.
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.