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Sightings Update 15/06/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Mostly overcast with some sunny spells, Sea state 1, Wind direction W/SW

 

Our Living Seas volunteers surveyed New Quay Harbour from 9am-5pm yesterday. Dolphins were observed throughout the day foraging and travelling along the bay. In the 11am survey a group of adult dolphins and one juvenile were seen at the surface milling around near the fish factory. In the 3pm survey one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall.

 

Sightings Update 30/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Variable with strong winds, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction S/SW

Living seas volunteers conducted six surveys yesterday with dolphins spotted in the two morning surveys between 7am – 11am. Dolphins were seen foraging by the cardinal marker and in front of the harbour wall.

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in front of the harbour wall a couple of times in a few different surveys.

Sightings Update 27/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sun, cloud and downpours later, Sea state 2-4, Wind direction S/SW then N-W.

A mother and calf were spotted inside the harbour wall early yesterday morning. Visitor to New Quay were rewarded later in the day with 15 dolphins appearing just meters off the wall at 15:00. The last survey had to be abandoned due to a huge downpour, obscuring visibility.

Sightings Update: 20/05/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

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.

Sightings Update 19/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction N/NW/NE

Our Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 5pm yesterday and bottlenose dolphins were seen briefly in two surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the 7am survey travelling towards the harbour wall and into the bay and in the 1pm survey travelling towards headland.

 

Sightings Update 18/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am – 5pm yesterday and bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day. Bottlenose dolphins were seen for four hours straight in the morning. The dolphins were observed foraging, milling across the surface and leaping and jumping throughout the day.

Sightings Update 13/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction initially south becoming E/SE

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in three of the six land surveys conducted. They were foraging and occasionally leaping and tail slapping.

You may have also noticed the swarms of barrel jellyfish that appeared late in the morning!

Sightings Update 04/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, Sea state 3-5, Wind direction N.

Our Living seas volunteers battled the chilly Northerly wind yesterday to conduct six surveys throughout the day. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in two surveys throughout the day tail splashing and leaping out of the water before disappearing for the day.