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Sightings Update 26/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: variable, sea state variable, wind direction S/SW

Bottlenose dolphins sighted regularly throughout the day. Dolphins, including one calf were sighted foraging, mingling at the surface and travelling across the bay. Some dolphins were leaping and tail splashing right in front of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 24/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with some rain, sea state 1, wind direction variable

Our Living Seas Volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins during 4 of the 5 surveys undertaken yesterday. Four dolphins were present off the headland at the start of our surveys and there were intermittent sightings of dolphins foraging throughout the morning. In the evening a group of five dolphins including two juveniles were spotted entering the bay where they remained for over two hours foraging.

21/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys today aboard the Anna Lloyd. During the first survey a number of bottlenose dolphin groups were spotted foraging and socialising. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on rocks. Large aggregations of herring gulls, kittiwakes, razorbills and gannets were also seen resting on the water. In the second survey our volunteer spotted both dolphins and grey seals.

Sightings Update 21/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

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

 Living Seas volunteers made the most of the weather, conducting 12 hours of land based surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were observed throughout the day with groups travelling and foraging across the bay. Snowcap and her calf were also spotted near the headland. Large groups of herring gulls as well as cormorants and guillemots were spotted by our volunteers.

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.