Sightings Update 20/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 0-1, wind direction varibale.

Our Living Seas Volunteers made the most of the lovely weather, conducting surveys from 7am-7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging across the bay, with some groups coming close to the harbour wall. A few individuals were also spotted leaping and lunging out of the water. Volunteers also recorded a variety of bird life including gannets, cormorants and mixed gulls.

Sightings Update 11/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE changing to N/E later in the day

Living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am – 7pm and spotted Bottlenose dolphins in three out of six surveys. Around seven dolphins were seen throughout the bay with some individuals coming within 20m of the wall. A grey seal was also spotted in one survey just off the headland. A variety of bird life was also seen including gannets, rock pipits and jackdaws. There was a lot of Gull activity on the headland.

Sightings Update 28/03/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW/W

 Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two surveys yesterday and bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout. During the first survey a group of eight dolphins, including a calf, were observed travelling across the bay. Later on a smaller group of dolphins was seen foraging in the bay area.


Sightings Update 27/03/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sunny with light wind, sea state 1, wind direction W

A group of our living seas volunteers conducted 2 surveys from 9 am – 1 pm. There were plenty of dolphins throughout both surveys with two pods joining together to make a total of six Bottlenose Dolphins and a juvenile. A show was put on with a variety of behaviours including leaps, tail slaps, head slaps and flips. A lone Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted in the area throughout the first survey.

Sightings Update 17/12/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

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

A quiet 9am watch with just a Great crested-grebe being the only sighting of note for our Living Seas Volunteer up until 10 minutes to 11. It was then that a group of six dolphins were spotted travelling west with leaps and lunges towards the headland. The group which included two juveniles then began foraging off the fish factory with lots of surface interaction.

Sightings Update 12/12/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

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

During our 11am – 1pm survey a number of bottlenose dolphins were present within the bay in several loose groups. In total 11 dolphins including one juvenile were spotted exhibiting plenty of social interaction and mingling on the surface.  At times one group of six approached close to the harbour wall.  Bird observations included a wintering red-throated diver and an unusual sighting for New Quay of a little egret.