Another great start to the day for our Living Seas volunteers who spotted a group of five dolphins during the morning survey. The group was observed travelling across the bay with some individuals leaping out of the water.
A group of four dolphins, including a juvenile, was spotted foraging in the bay by our Living Seas volunteers.
Our Living Seas volunteer spotted a group of four dolphins foraging and travelling in the bay. The ShoreFin team were able to identify Snowcap and her calf.
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.
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.
Living Seas Volunteers Karen, Chris and Andy conducted two surveys yesterday morning. Large groups of dolphins were seen foraging and travelling throughout New Quay Bay. Some groups were very active, leaping and lunging out of the water. A variety of bird life were also spotted including three red throated divers and gannets.
Weather Conditions: Sunny/fair, Wind Direction SW/W, Sea State 4/3
A group of four bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen foraging by the Cardinal Buoy during the first 30 minutes of a survey starting at 9am this morning. They then travelled west across the bay and were joined by a further group of 4 dolphins including 2 calves. There then followed an explosion of activity with leaps, back flips and somersaults as the new group continued rapid progress west past the headland.
Weather Conditions: Overcast/fair, Wind Direction S, Sea State 1-2
Our Living Seas volunteers braved the cold yesterday morning to conduct watches from 9am-1pm. Dolphins were seen travelling and foraging in the bay during the first survey. There were no marine mammals spotted in the second surveys but our volunteers were excited to spot a black redstart on the harbour wall.
Weather Conditions: Overcast/fair, Wind Direction SE, Sea State 1
Bottlenose dolphins were seen almost continuously during the 11am – 1pm land survey. Several groups of dolphins were recorded throughout the survey, mainly displaying foraging behaviour; one large group included four calves. A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted towards the end of the survey, and was observed bottling beyond the harbour wall.
Weather Conditions: Sun and showers, Wind Direction SW/S/SE, Sea State 2
One land survey was carried out, and our Living Seas volunteers observed up to five bottlenose dolphins foraging in the bay throughout most of the survey, including Snowcap and her calf. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen scanning close to the harbour wall.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction S, Sea State 2-3
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two land surveys yesterday and observed around nine individual bottlenose dolphins during both surveys, including Snowcap and her calf. The dolphins were in two distinct groups, foraging and socialising, as well as occasionally leaping. Two Atlantic grey seals were also sighted.
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction SW/S/SE, Sea State 1-3
Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins travelling and foraging in the bay yesterday morning and a few Atlantic grey seals were also sighted throughout the day including a young juvenile swimming past the harbour wall. Other notable sightings include common scoters and guillemots in their winter plumage.