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Sightings Update 21/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

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!!

Sightings Update 17/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast/Fair, Wind Direction: SW/N/NW, Sea state 0-3

Bottlenose dolphins were in the bay in the morning and in the afternoon, with groups seen towards the edges of the bay leaping, foraging and milling. A number of mother and calf pairs were amongst the groups. Atlantic grey seals were seen close to the harbour wall foraging and scanning for long periods of time, with one individual observed staying near the wall for around an hour and a half. Notable bird sightings include a group of migrating skylarks, turnstones, gannets and a guillemot.

Sightings Update 16/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast/Sunny, Wind Direction: S/SE/SW, Sea state 0-2

Bottlenose dolphins were observed in all four land surveys today, an increase in sightings after the low numbers following storm Callum. The largest group of 10 individuals was seen in the morning travelling towards the headland and some individuals, including Vader (pictured), came to forage close to the harbour wall. Five Atlantic grey seals were seen over the day and a group of common scoters was spotted flying west.

15/10/18: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

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

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out one boat survey yesterday, with a number of Atlantic Grey Seals seen bottling close to the shore. Towards the end of the survey they were lucky enough to observe a group of 6 bottlenose dolphins foraging including a calf and juvenile. A gannet could also be seen foraging close to the cliffs.

Sightings Update 11/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather Conditions: Rainy, Wind Direction: S/SE, Sea state 1

Two of our land surveys were sadly cancelled yesterday due to the bad weather and visibility, however a total of 18 bottlenose dolphins were sighted by our Living Seas Volunteers between 9am and 1pm, as well as 2 Atlantic grey seals. Two small groups of dolphins were observed actively foraging just off the harbour wall, with others feeding around the Cardinal Buoy.

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

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2

One boat survey was carried out yesterday, with sightings of large numbers of Bottlenose dolphins, which were observed leaping and foraging close to the boat. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted from the boat, with 2 adults seen logging in the water, along with a very young seal pup hauled out on the nearby beach.

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

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Wind Direction: S/SE, Sea state 1-3

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the day yesterday, with very large groups seen for the entire morning, leaping, foraging and socialising. A number of mother and calf pairs were amongst the groups, including regular visitors Jacky & Jay (pictured). Atlantic grey seals were spotted from the harbour wall swimming close to the wall in the morning and the afternoon. 6 Whooper swans were also spotted flying past the harbour wall at around midday.

Sightings Update 09/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: Sunny spells, Wind Direction: S/SW, Sea state 1-2

Great weather conditions and visibility meant that our Living Seas volunteers were able to easily spot wildlife yesterday. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the bay continuously throughout every survey yesterday, with groups observed leaping, chasing prey at the surface, and milling. A number of young juvenile dolphins were also seen, swimming amongst larger groups of adult dolphins. Guillemots were also observed diving amongst dolphin groups, and a number of guillemots in their winter plumage were seen foraging near the harbour wall.

Sightings Update: 08/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Variable, Wind Direction: S/SW/SE, Sea state 1-2

Our volunteers sighted the Cardigan Bay big 3 yesterday; with Bottlenose dolphins seen in 3 out of 4 surveys, Harbour porpoise in both afternoon surveys, and Atlantic grey seals seen in both the morning and afternoon. Bottlenose dolphins were observed surfing the waves, chasing prey at the surface, as well as milling and socialising. The #LivingSeas volunteers were delighted to record our first sighting of Harbour porpoise in the harbour for a while, with a small group foraging and milling in the bay for around an hour. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted close to the harbour wall swimming and bottling throughout the day.

Sightings Update 07/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Sunny spells, Wind Direction: S/SW, Sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the first and final surveys yesterday. Mother and calf pairs Snowcap & Mushroom and Jacky & Jay came close to the harbour wall whilst foraging in the morning. Later in the afternoon, small groups of dolphins were seen travelling across the harbour. Two female Atlantic grey seals were also seen, one in the morning and one towards the end of the final survey. Large numbers of gannets were sighted throughout the day, circling and diving on the horizon.

Sightings Update 06/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

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

 

Our Living Seas volunteers observed bottlenose dolphins in the morning surveys, including a mother and calf pair, foraging around the Cardinal marker for two hours before swimming offshore. A small grey seal was spotted in the late morning near the harbour wall and swam away from the harbour, towards the fish factory and around the headland. There were three more grey seal sightings throughout the afternoon that were seen swimming a similar route. Other notable sightings include turn stone,  guillemots in their winter plumage, Mediterranean gulls, and a large number of gannets feeding offshore.