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Sightings Update 18/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction E/SE.

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in all six surveys with an almost constant presence throughout the day. The dolphins were spotted doing a range of different behaviours from foraging to travelling across the bay. One lucky volunteer spotted the dolphins leaping and jumping out of the water.

Sightings Update 17/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 1-2, wind direction E.

Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in all six surveys, with a constant presence during the morning surveys. The dolphins were seen foraging, travelling and tail slapping in locations ranging from near the harbour wall to around the cardinal buoy. One calf was spotted in the morning.

Sightings Update 16/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 0-2, Wind direction: Variable.

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am – 5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in all four surveys showing variable behaviour from foraging to mingling at the surface and also travelling through the bay towards the cardinal buoy.

 

 

Sightings Update 12/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins.

Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, sea state 1-2, Wind direction Variable.

 Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in five out of six surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day around the bay with one individual coming close to the harbour wall. One was identified as Juvenile. Behaviour varied from travelling from the headland to the cardinal buoy with some individuals tail slapping.

Sightings Update 10/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Fair and sunny, sea state 1-4, wind direction E/NE

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in three out of six surveys. A maximum of two bottlenose dolphins were seen around the bay between the headland and the cardinal buoy. One was identified as Juvenile. Behaviour varied tail slapping and leaping to travelling across the bay.

Sightings Update 22/03/2019: Bottlenose Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast and dull, sea state 1, wind direction SW.

A group of our living seas volunteers conducted 2 surveys from 11 am – 3 pm. The first Bottlenose Dolphin of March was spotted early on in the first survey, travelling back and forth between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. A lone Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted in the area throughout the second survey.

Sightings Update 15/11/2018: Bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 2-4

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two land surveys, and briefly observed a bottlenose dolphin foraging near the Fish Factory. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming close to the harbour wall. Other sightings included a Mediterranean gull, and a raft of Common Scoter near the Cardinal Buoy.

Sightings Update 06/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast and fair, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1-2

Our Living Seas volunteers saw bottlenose dolphins almost continuously throughout the two land based surveys conducted yesterday morning. A group of adults and juveniles were seen to be foraging around the cardinal marker and chasing fish along the bay, as well as exhibiting behaviours such as leaps and tail slaps.

Sightings Update 05/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Fair, Wind Direction NE, Sea State 2

One land survey was carried out yesterday, and our Living Seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins throughout the entirety of it. A total of 11 dolphins were seen foraging along the reef and by the fish factory. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen twice, swimming and bottling in front of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 31/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction S/SE Sea State 1-2

 

Our Living Seas Volunteers carried out surveys throughout the day. Bottlenose dolphins were observed in all the landwatches yesterday, foraging around the cardinal buoy and travelling across the bay and around the headland. Towards the end of the last landwatch two mother and calf pairs came close to the harbour wall and were seen leaping and splashing at the surface. Through out the morning a number of Atlantic Grey Seals were seen scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall. One seal was spotted with a fish in its mouth! Other notable sightings include an oyster catcher and black-headed gulls (pictured).