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Sightings Update 29/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 1-3, Wind direction SE to NW later.

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted by our Living seas volunteers in each survey conducted except one, taking dives to forage. During the 15:00-17:00 survey a group of four were seen including a calf, a lovely end to the day after the previous survey had to be abandoned due to poor visibility.

Sightings Update 26/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Rain clearing and becoming sunny pm, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction SW-NW.

Three dolphins were spotted close to the wall and within the harbour during the 7am watch.  Conditions then deteriorated with rain and mist reducing visibility and surveys were cancelled for a while.  When surveys were resumed all was quiet until 4pm when our Livings Seas Volunteer briefly observed another group of three dolphins foraging and socialising near the headland.

Sightings Update 25/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, Sea state 0-1, Wind direction SW-NW.

Our Living seas volunteers conducted five surveys yesterday. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted early in the morning then later again in the afternoon. They were seen leaping and spent a lot of time foraging around the cardinal buoy. One Atlantic grey seal was also briefly spotted off the harbour wall in the morning.

Sightings Update 22/5/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Mostly fair with sun at times, Sea State 1/2, Wind direction SE early becoming NW for most of the day

Two dolphins were present in the bay for an hour during the early watch. Mid-morning our Living Seas Volunteers spotted more dolphins foraging between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. These were the joined by a group of eight giving lots of social interaction with leaps and surface mingling.  Two of our regulars, Snowcap and Vader were identified by our Shorefin Team. During the afternoon there were occasional sightings of dolphins in ones or twos foraging across the bay.  Late in the evening a group of five was spotted off the headland.

Sightings Update 21/05/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, Sea state 0-2, Wind direction N/NW

Bottlenose dolphins were seen consistently all day with weather conditions being perfect for spotting them. Sea state 0 provided mirror sea conditions and allowed volunteers to spot the dolphins feeding, milling and leaping.

Sightings Update 15/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 3-5, Wind direction None – N/NW.

Five bottlenose dolphins were present in the bay from the start of our surveys yesterday together with an Atlantic grey seal off the harbour wall.  The dolphins were socialising and foraging.  Our Living Seas Volunteers continued having sightings of small groups of dolphins throughout the morning.  After a quiet afternoon there were further occasional dolphin sightings from 4pm on and another seal was seen bottling in the water north of the harbour wall.