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Sightings Update 03/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Fair and sunny, Wind Direction: NW/W/SW, Sea state 1-2

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins throughout the land surveys yesterday, with the most dolphins seen in the first and last surveys of the day. They were mainly observed foraging around the Cardinal Buoy and around the harbour wall. Dolphins were observed chasing fish on several occasions though out the day, with some seen leaping in the evening. One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall around lunch time. Other notable sightings include gannets, a turn stone, and guillemots and little gulls in their winter plumage.

Sightings Update 28/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea State 2/3

 

Another sunny day with great visibility allowed for our Living Seas volunteers to carry out our 9am-7pm land surveys with Bottlenose dolphins being seen in 4 out of 5 surveys! A hand full of larger groups were seen yesterday close to the fish factory headland leaping and lunging. Snowcap was identified in the morning by one of our ShoreFin team; she came in close to the harbour wall and was seen to be foraging at depth. On the last survey of the day, a lone Atlantic Grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall. Other species seen yesterday included a Heron and a Rock Pipit.

Sightings Update 23/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Overcast at first becoming sunny, Wind direction NE/N/NW, Sea state 3-4

Our Living Seas Volunteers sighted dolphins throughout the morning foraging in the vicinity of the Cardinal Marker.  Nine individuals were seen including two juveniles.  After 2 pm as the wind strengthened and the sea became rougher there were no more dolphin sightings. During the day two Atlantic grey seals were spotted and there was a sighting of a migrating common tern.

Sightings Update: 21/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction W/SW, Sea state 3-5

Unfortunately the first land watch yesterday was cancelled due to poor weather. Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted the remaining surveys despite the rough seas, with dolphin sightings increasing throughout the afternoon. Some close encounters were enjoyed where dolphins could be seen surfing the waves. 10 individuals including Jacky and Jay as well as Snowcap and Mushroom were observed in the final survey. Both a male and female grey seal were seen just off the harbour wall earlier in the day.

Sightings Update: 19/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Mostly overcast with rain late on, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 2-4

Despite the variable weather and difficult sea conditions our Living Seas volunteers observed groups of dolphins throughout the day foraging within the bay. At times the animals approached close to the sea wall and entered the harbour area. Again there were several mother and calf pairs and our Shorefin team identified Snowcap and Corky with their calves.

Sightings Update: 16/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with rain at times, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 1-3

Groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen by our Living Seas Volunteers during every watch yesterday. Again several mother and calf pairs visited the bay to forage at times joining with others to form larger groups. There were also three sightings of Atlantic grey seals swimming just north of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 12/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seal

Weather conditions: Fair with sunny spells, Wind direction W/SW veering NW, Sea state 1-3

Our Living Seas Volunteers were treated to almost constant sightings yesterday of bottlenose dolphins. Several loose groups were spotted foraging between the headland and the Cardinal Marker although at times they did approach the harbour.  This enabled our Shorefin Team to identify several of our regulars including Snowcap and Jackie with her calf Jay.  There were also two sightings of Atlantic grey seals.

12/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2, Visibility >10 km, Wind force 2, Light swell

There were several sightings of bottlenose dolphins within New Quay Bay and off Target Rock during the early part of our boat survey aboard the Anna Lloyd. Five separate groups were observed totalling 11 animals including 4 calves. There were also sightings of five Atlantic grey seals including a pup on the beach near Bird Rock with a male nearby in the water. The survey ended as it had begun with seeing a dolphin just off the harbour wall in New Quay.

Sightings Update 05/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, Wind direction NE/N/NW, Sea state 1-4

Another quiet day at New Quay where dolphins were only spotted during the two morning surveys.  A single adult foraged for a while in the bay but then our two regulars Jacky and Jay gave watchers from the sea wall a close view for one hour.  An Atlantic grey seal was seen in the afternoon in the water just off the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 03/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast with rain, Wind direction N, Sea state 4/5

The intense swell of a sea state five lead to all but two surveys to be cancelled yesterday. Despite the high waves, a group of two dolphins were spotted foraging close to the harbour wall and just to the side of the harbour itself. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming west. Other notable sightings include five Fulmars and a Gannet.

Sightings Update 02/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: fair with sunny periods, Wind direction: S/SW backing NW, Sea state 1-3

The only sighting in the morning was of a male Atlantic grey seal swimming west in front of the harbour wall. From mid-afternoon several groups of dolphins were spotted by our Living Seas Volunteers including Jackie and Jay who were seen again foraging within the harbour.

Sightings Update 31/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: sunny/fair, Wind direction: S/SE, Sea state 1-2

Six land-based surveys were conducted by our volunteers yesterday, with a variety of wildlife recorded. Grey seals were seen from the survey point during the early morning and late afternoon watches – observed to be resting and foraging close to the fish factory and to the harbour wall. The most notable period of the day came at 1pm, when dolphins (including juveniles) were frequently spotted displaying a wide range of behaviours including travelling, leaping, foraging and chasing fish at times only meters from the wall. Other sightings include gannets, razorbill and turnstones.