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Sightings Update 18/11/19: Bottlenose dolphins

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.

Sightings Update 07/11/19: Bottlenose dolphins

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.

Sightings Update 04/11/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

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.

Sightings Update 03/11/19: Bottlenose Dolphins & Atlantic grey seal

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.

Sightings Update 27/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

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.

Sightings Update 26/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

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.

Sightings Update 23/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions:  Sunshine, sea state 1-3, wind direction SE/S/SSW

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted land surveys from 9am-5pm and dolphins were seen on every survey; foraging, leaping and lunging. Also two surveys included sightings of Atlantic Grey seal.  In the afternoon, two boat surveys were also carried out and dolphins were seen during both surveys, one of which included a sighting of a calf! There were also sightings of Atlantic Grey seal seen along the coast, individuals were seen swimming as well as hauled out on rocks.

Sighting Update 20/10/19: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sunny and overcast. Sea state 2,3,4. Wind direction S/NE/N.

Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am – 5pm. Bottlenose dolphins were spotted on 3 of the surveys travelling in front of the harbour wall and out towards the cardinal buoy. The dolphins were observed foraging and chasing prey at the surface. An Atlantic Grey seal was also seen just off the harbour wall.