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.
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.
Weather conditions; Fair-Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. Dolphins were seen foraging in a number of the surveys and an Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall.
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.
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast and rain. Sea State 2,wind direction SW/SE/S.
Our living seas volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-4pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen on all surveys. The dolphins were observed travelling across the bay, foraging, leaping and lunging. Atlantic Grey seals were also spotted just off the harbour wall.