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Sightings Update 04/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal and Eurasian Otter  

Weather Conditions: Fair to overcast, Wind Direction: S/SW, Sea state 0-1

It was the return of the Eurasian Otter during yesterday’s land surveys; it was seen travelling from the harbour wall towards the Cardinal Buoy in the morning. There were also a number of Bottlenose Dolphins seen in the early morning and again late afternoon, including Corky and calf close to the harbour wall in the afternoon. 2 Atlantic Grey seals were observed close to the harbour wall swimming and scanning.

04/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea State 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-4

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out one boat survey yesterday with a number of bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal sightings. A group were seen at the start of the survey foraging close to the fish factory, with around 5 gannets circling overhead. Whilst later on in the survey a female Atlantic Grey Seal was observed scanning in the water, with its pup hauled out.

Sightings Update 02/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: W, Sea state 1-3

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins throughout the land surveys yesterday. They were mainly observed foraging and chasing after fish around the Cardinal Buoy, with some seen leaping later in the day. There was also large number of Atlantic Grey seals seen with 3 being seen just outside the harbour wall just after lunchtime! These were mainly scanning and bottling. Other notable sightings include gannets, and guillemots and Mediterranean gulls in their winter plumage.

01/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny and fair, Wind Direction: N/NW, Sea state 1-3

 Yesterday was quieter than previous days in terms of marine mammal sightings with no bottlenose dolphins being seen between 9am and 1pm but Snowcap and her calf Mushroom came up close to the wall later in the afternoon and were observed throwing and chasing fish at the surface below circling and diving gannets. A few female grey seals also passed in front the harbour wall throughout the day, displaying behaviours such as swimming and bottling.

Sightings Update 30/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind Direction: N/NW/NE, Sea state 3-4

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in 3 out of 4 land surveys yesterday, seen in small groups foraging and leaping. A number of groups were seen foraging while travelling across the bay, with groups staying in the bay for up to half an hour before moving off. An Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming close to the harbour wall during the afternoon.

29/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoise

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea State 1-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-3

Three of our Living Seas volunteers carried out an all day boat survey yesterday with the Cardigan Bay Big 3 being observed. Bottlenose Dolphins were seen throughout the survey foraging and travelling. There were also around 30 Atlantic Grey Seals hauled out and swimming in a rocky bay between Cardigan Island and Mwnt. One group of 2 harbour porpoises were observed early on in the day around 100 metres from the boat.

27/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea State 1-2, Visibility >10km, Wind force 1-3

Two boat trips yesterday produced some good marine mammal sightings. 2 seal pups were seen, one swimming with its mother, and one hauled out, and an additional 6 female Atlantic grey seals were in the sea bottling and swimming. Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were also observed leaping and foraging at the sea surface.

Sightings Update 27/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction S/SW/NW, sea state 1-2

The sunny weather and calm sea conditions yesterday made for another ideal day for spotting marine wildlife. Multiple small groups of dolphins were observed between our 9am and 7pm land surveys including a close encounter with Jacky and Jay who came to forage close to the wall in the morning. In the afternoon, 4 Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming and bottling right in front of the wall and one individual was feeding with a fish in its mouth.

Sightings Update 26/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction S, sea state 1-2

It was an excellent day for our Living Seas volunteers, both in terms of sightings and the sunny weather! Bottlenose dolphins were observed all around the bay mainly foraging, but showing more social behaviours later on in the day. Some were even seen leaping in front of the wall in the early evening! There were also 6 Atlantic Grey Seals seen throughout the day travelling close to the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 25/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: sunny, wind direction SE-SW, sea state 1-2

It was a busy day with large numbers of bottlenose dolphins seen during every landwatch by our living seas volunteers!! They were initially observed leaping and chasing fish over the reef. Later on the dolphins were seen travelling and foraging around the bay. At the end of the day an Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling next to the harbour wall! Plenty of birds were recorded including large flocks of swallows, gannets, rock pipits and guillemots in winter plumage.

Sightings Update 22/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, Wind direction NE/SE/S, Sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day yesterday by our Living Seas volunteers, foraging for most of the day but were also seen socialising and leaping. A number of mother & calf pairs were able to be identified, such as Corky & calf and Snowcap & calf. Lipstick was also seen foraging close to the harbour wall during both morning surveys. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off the headland by the fish canning factory during the morning survey.

Sightings Update: 20/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Rain, Wind direction SE, Sea state 2

It was a difficult day for our Living Seas Volunteers with only the 9am survey being completed due to the poor weather conditions. However, bottlenose dolphins were observed for the entire two hour period, with some showing social behaviours such as leaping and jumping. They were mainly observed by the reef and cardinal buoy, a known feeding site. Other notable sightings include a razorbill and 6 sandwich terns.