Weather Conditions: Overcast and rainy, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1
Multiple groups of bottlenose dolphins totaling around 18 individuals were sighted continuously on this morning’s land survey, travelling around the whole of the bay and actively foraging, occasionally leaping out of the water. A female Atlantic grey seal was observed for over an hour bottling close to the harbour wall and seabirds such as gannets, guillemots and an oystercatcher were also sighted.
Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction SE/S Sea State 1-3
During the two land surveys which were conducted yesterday, bottlenose dolphins remained in the bay almost continuously, actively foraging and chasing prey on the surface. Jacky and Jay were among the individuals which came to forage close to the harbour wall and hundreds of seabirds such as gannets were rafting, circling and diving above them. A female Atlantic grey seal was also sighted at midday, bottling in front of the pier.
Weather Conditions: Sunny/overcast, Wind Direction S/W Sea State 2-3
Our Living Seas Volunteers enjoyed a good day for cetacean sightings yesterday, with Bottlenose Dolphins spotted in every survey. They were mainly seen foraging by the reef and fish factory. There was also a large number of seals seen close to the harbour wall. Other notable sightings include lesser black backed gulls, rock pipits and common scoter.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SW/W/NW Sea State 2-3
Marine mammals were spotted in all four of the land surveys conducted yesterday, with the sunny weather making for ideal spotting conditions. A total of 10 bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging in the bay, including Snowcap and her calf, and several Atlantic grey seals were spotted bottling and scanning close to the wall. A sandwich tern flew over in the afternoon, a particularly late sighting for this species.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction varied, Sea State 1-3
It was a varied day for spotting marine mammals yesterday for our Living Seas Volunteers. 9 bottlenose dolphins were observed in the first land watch of the morning. They were observed travelling and foraging right around the bay. Later in the day a number of Atlantic Grey Seals were seen scanning and swimming close to the harbour wall.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SE/E, Sea State 1-2
Beautiful conditions and great visibility meant that our Living Seas volunteers were able to carry out surveys throughout the day yesterday. Groups of Bottlenose dolphins were seen in our first and last survey of the day yesterday, with groups seen close to the harbour wall leaping and socialising, as well as foraging near the cardinal marker. Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming along the harbour wall in the morning and afternoon. An exciting bird sighting of a flock of Great White Egrets were seen flying across the harbour in the afternoon.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea State 3-4
Our first land watch yesterday was sadly cancelled due to rough sea conditions, however during our second land watch of the morning our Living Seas volunteers spotted a small group of dolphins travelling past the headland. We also had a number of sightings of Atlantic grey seals, in both the morning and the afternoon. Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling and hunting in the morning, and swimming past the harbour wall in the afternoon.
Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: NW, Sea State 2-3
It was a good day for our Living Seas Volunteers yesterday with Bottlenose Dolphins being observed in every survey. The same dolphin was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy for around four hours! One dolphin was identified by our ShoreFin team as Vader and could be seen surfing the waves. There were also three sightings of Atlantic Grey Seals swimming and scanning throughout the day.
Weather conditions: No precipitation/Overcast, Sea state 3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3
Two boat surveys were conducted yesterday, and both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were sighted. A pregnant female seal was seen hauled out on a beach near the headland, which looked likely as if it would give birth later that day. Seals were also sighted bottling and scanning in both surveys. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the second survey foraging near the boat.
Weather Conditions: Overcast/Fair, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea State 3
Groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen in our first survey of the day yesterday, foraging and milling near the cardinal buoy. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also seen throughout the day, with a female seal seen scanning and bottling right in front of the harbour wall in the morning, and again in our last survey of the day.
Weather Conditions: Fair/Sunny, Wind Direction: N/NE, Sea State 2-4
Bottlenose dolphins were seen during every land based survey yesterday. Groups of dolphins were observed travelling and foraging throughout the New Quay Bay area. Our ShoreFin team identified regular visitor Snowcap and her calf. Two female Altantic grey seals were also spotted by our Living Seas volunteers.
Weather Conditions: Sunny/Misty, Wind Direction: S/W/N, Sea State 1-2
A sunny start to the day with a misty end yesterday but all 4 of our land surveys were carried out by our Living Seas Volunteers. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in every survey of the day and showed a variety of behaviours; jumps and leaps, long dives to forage and logging at the surface. These groups were often composed of both adults and younger animals; one of these older animals was Snowdrop as identified by one of our ShoreFin team. Other notable sightings of the day included a pair of razorbills and a small group of turnstones situated on the slope of the Harbour wall just below our survey point!!