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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).

Sightings Update 23/10/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: NW/W, Sea State 2-3

 

Living seas volunteers saw bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day yesterday, displaying a wide range of behaviours, including leaping, foraging, milling and generally socialising. A number of large groups were seen in the afternoon leaping near the cardinal buoy. A mum and calf pairing were seen foraging the harbour during the first survey of the day. There were 6 sightings of Atlantic grey seals between 11am and 5pm, displaying a range of behaviours such as scanning, swimming, bottling, and logging.

Sightings Update 19/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny/Fair, Wind Direction: S/W, Sea state 1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen during three out of four surveys yesterday. The groups of dolphins were foraging across the bay and some were seen leaping and lunging out of the water. Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming close to the harbour wall by our Living Seas volunteers during every survey. A red breasted merganser was also seen flying across New Quay Bay during the morning survey.

Sightings Update 15/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea state 2-3

It was a quiet day for our Living Seas volunteers on the harbour wall in New Quay with nothing being seen throughout the first two surveys. In the afternoon two Atlantic Grey Seals were observed swimming. There was also a lone bottlenose dolphin seen briefly foraging close to the Cardinal Buoy.

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.