Weather Conditions: sunny, sea state 0-2, wind direction SE
After a few surveys with no marine mammal sightings our Living Seas volunteers spent fours hours watching a group of dolphins, conducting two surveys. The dolphins were very active, leaping and lunging out of the water as well as foraging across the bay.
Weather Conditions: overcast/raining sea state 1, wind direction SE
Our Living Seas volunteers braved the inclement weather to conduct a 9am-11am survey. A group of four dolphins was seen for around 10 minutes. The dolphins were leaping and splashing at the surface.
Weather Conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Living Seas volunteers conducted a survey from 9am-11am. A total of 9 dolphins were spotted foraging, leaping and splashing at the surface throughout the survey.
Weather: Sunny. sea state 2. wind south at first swinging to Northerly later.
During a survey this morning a group of four bottlenose dolphins were observed crossing the bay. They were about 800 metres off shore and made slow leisurely progress in a westerly direction surfacing intermittently.
Weather Conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2-3, Wind W/SW
A group of 4 dolphins including one juvenile was observed foraging in the vicinity of the Cardinal Buoy at about 9.15. They remained for about 30 minutes before travelling west across the bay and past the headland. Two turnstones were also spotted feeding at the base of the harbour wall.
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted a survey from 1pm-3pm. Three dolphins were observed traveling into the bay where they spent time foraging. A lone seal was spotted close to the harbour wall.
Weather conditions: fair/raining, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
Our 2019 research season has ended however, our Living Seas volunteers will continue to conduct land based surveys when the weather is suitable. Two surveys were conducted from 9am-1pm despite the rain. One seal was spotted close to the harbour wall and two dolphins were seen briefly in the second survey.
Weather conditions: Overcast clearing to become sunny, sea state 2, wind SW swinging to NW
Bottlenose dolphins were seen by our Living Seas Volunteers during both of yesterday’s surveys. A group of 3 dolphins were seen intermittently foraging and socialising off the headland. Two Atlantic grey seals were also spotted during the 9am watch with one bottling close to the harbour wall.
Weather conditions: Overcast and Fair, Sea state 3,2, wind direction SE/S
Our living seas volunteers conducted land based surveys from 9am till 5pm. Dolphins were spotted on three out of the four surveys, foraging at depth. An Atlantic grey sea was also seen bottling just in front of the harbour wall.
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 2-4, wind direction N/NW
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted four land surveys between 9am and 5pm. In the morning several groups of dolphins were observed foraging in the bay, with individuals occasionally leaping and lunging out of the water. Atlantic grey seals were also seen close to the harbour walls. There were no marine mammal sightings in the afternoon.
Weather conditions: Fair-Overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW
Our living seas volunteers carried out land surveys between 1pm-5pm. Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted on the first survey of the day foraging in front of the harbour wall and out towards the cardinal buoy. Atlantic Grey seals were also seen on both surveys bottling in front of the harbour wall.