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Sightings Update 05/09/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW

Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. During the first survey a lone bottlenose dolphin was spotted surfacing once before disappearing.  A female seal was seen close to the harbour wall and later on an unidentified seal was observed travelling in the bay. Volunteers also spotted sandwich terns and cormorants.

Sightings Update 4/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins; Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast at first brightening later with sunny periods; sea state 3/4; wind direction W/SW

Two bottlenose dolphins were observed early during our 7am survey close to the harbour wall but they travelled quickly NW towards the headland.  Mid morning dolphins reappeared with a group of three being observed by our Living Seas Volunteers socialising and foraging just off the end of the harbour wall where they remained for over four hours.  One dolphin remained through our final survey  until just before 7pm.  The high winds also brought in some interesting birds with views of Arctic Skuas including one dark phase, multiple migrating sandwich terns and a sighting of a Sabine’s gull a rare vagrant.

Sightings Update 01/09/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW

There were intermittent sightings of small groups of dolphins and individuals throughout the day.  Our Living Seas Volunteers observed the dolphins foraging and milling about near the surface.  A total of seven dolphins were recorded during the morning and afternoon watches but as the sea became rougher in the evening there were no further sightings.

Sightings Update 25/08/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions:  Mostly sunny; wind direction variable; sea state 1

A single bottlenose dolphin was briefly observed foraging 1km off shore in the morning.  During the afternoon two dolphins were spotted foraging off the headland.  In the evening three dolphins stayed for nearly two hours and were seen leaping and socialising.

Sightings Update 25/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny;  visibility >10km; Light swell; wind direction N/NW force 2

During a two hour boat survey our Living Seas Volunteer spotted a group of seven bottlenose dolphins foraging near Ynys Lochtyn.  Later as returning into New Quay a lone adult was seen.  Also spotted were two female Atlantic grey seals hauled out near Birds Rock and a male seal bottling near Ynys Lochtyn.

 

Sightings Update 21/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny at first but clouding over with showers later; wind direction SE/S/SW; sea state 2/3 becoming calm by end of the day

Mid-morning a group of four dolphins were spotted foraging just off the end of the sea wall. They remained for one hour before leaving the area.  A mother and juvenile were then observed foraging across the bay until they too left early in the afternoon.

Sightings 18/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seal

Our land surveys yesterday produced excellent sightings of bottlenose dolphins for our Living Seas Volunteers.  Two dolphins were present in the bay at the start of our surveys at 7am.  Later in the morning numbers increased so at midday there were ten individuals in the bay foraging and socialising.  Up to 20 individuals in total were seen including a young calf. Later in the day an Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling towards the headland.

Sightings 18/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2 in sheltered bays, 4/5 off headlands, wind direction N backing SW

Our Living Seas volunteers on board the Anna Lloyd and Sulaire yesterday had numerous encounters with bottlenose dolphins.  Over the two trips there were 18 sightings totalling 32 individuals including two calves.  The animals were observed mostly foraging and feeding but at times they provided passengers with exciting leaps and tail slaps.

Sightings Update 15/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-4, wind direction variable

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm. Dolphins were seen throughout all of the surveys, including a juvenile in the morning. The dolphins were seen leaping and foraging throughout the day. An adult Atlantic grey seal was also seen at 7am. Over 50 sandwich terns were spotted between 9am and 11am.

Sightings Update: 14/08/19

Weather conditions: Showers in the morning, brightening later; wind SE/SW/S; sea state 1-3

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen during the 9am watch milling around at the surface.  Later in the afternoon our Living Seas Volunteers again observed dolphins foraging close in to the harbour wall.  Up to five dolphins were present together before they headed west past the headland.  An Atlantic grey seal was also observed off the headland bottling.

Sightings Update 13/08/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10, Light swell

Two Living Seas volunteers conducted two separate two hour boat surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd. Both trips were sunny and a range of wildlife was seen. 14 Bottlenose dolphins were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and leaping out of the water. 3 Harbour porpoise were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and travelling. 2 Atlantic grey seals were also seen on one of the trips, and they were seen swimming and bottling.