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Sightings Update: 18/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and Basking Shark

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells and strong winds, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 2-3

Groups of dolphins were seen foraging and socialising throughout the day yesterday, leaping out of the water and mingling at the water’s surface. A number of mother and calf pairs were able to be identified, including Jacky & Jay, Cross & Spot and Snowcap & calf. A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the morning swimming along the harbour wall, and a male was seen in the afternoon. There was also an exciting sighting of a juvenile Basking Shark during a morning survey.

Sightings Update 15/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey seals and Eurasian otter

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 1-2

Several small groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen during our morning land watches, appearing again during late afternoon. A number of mother and calf pairs were seen foraging for fish in the bay, for around an hour at a time. A Eurasian otter was seen once more, swimming towards the fish factory on the headland. We also had a number of Atlantic grey seal sightings, during the morning and late afternoon, with individuals exhibiting behaviours such as foraging, scanning and bottling.

14/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seal and Eurasian Otter

Weather conditions: Overcast and sunny, Wind direction S/SW/W, Sea state 1-4

Following this morning’s otter encounter, bottlenose dolphins were observed on every following land survey. Multiple small groups and mother-calf pairs were foraging in the bay for up to 2 hours at a time, routinely leaping out of the water and belly rolling. These cetaceans came right up to the harbour wall at times, allowing our Shorefin team to photograph and identify several individuals. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall towards the late afternoon.

Sea Seal Update 13/09/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

A brilliant Birds Rock survey for our Sea Seal volunteer yesterday evening! A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out on a small shingle beach close to where a seal pup had been sighted from boat trips earlier on in the day! Excitingly, she was recognised as a regular visitor Birds Rock!! Two more Atlantic grey seals were also observed swimming through the area, as were a group of bottlenose dolphins!

Sightings Update 13/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny, Wind direction S/SW, Sea state 2-4

It was a good day for our Living Seas volunteers with dolphins being observed in the morning and then later in the day. Some dolphins were displaying social behaviour such as leaping and lunging. Our Shorefin volunteers were also able to identify some of the individuals as Snowcap and her calf, and Jacky and Jay. There was also some notable bird sightings including 2 redshanks and a gannet.

Sightings Update 11/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seal

Weather conditions: Cloud and rain with sunny spells, Wind direction S/SW/W/NW, Sea state 1-3

A rainy start quickly became a great day of continuous sightings of bottlenose dolphins; with various groups staying in the harbour throughout the day until our last watch at 7pm. Groups were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy for most of the day, with a number of young juveniles exhibiting behaviours such as leaping and spy hopping. Jacky and Jay were seen close to the harbour wall in the bay during the morning watch. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen scanning close to the harbour wall during the afternoon.

10/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind direction S/SW/W, Sea state 1-3

Our Living Seas Volunteers and members of the public were treated to continuous sightings of bottlenose dolphins throughout the day between 7am and 7pm, including some very close encounters when groups came in to forage off the harbour wall. Jacky and Snowcap were among individuals in the bay displaying behaviours such as spy-hopping and leaping, and gannets could be observed foraging above. A grey seal was also seen logging for over an hour during the final survey.

Sightings Update 09/09/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind direction SW/W, Sea state 1-3

We had excellent weather conditions yesterday and were greeted first thing in the morning by a group of bottlenose dolphins exhibiting behaviours such as leaping and socialising. Dolphins stayed in the bay from the 9am land survey until 2pm, one group of individuals were foraging near the cardinal buoy for around 4 hours. Jacky and Jay were spotted once again within the morning group.

Sightings Update 04/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny to fair, Wind direction N/NW, Sea state 2-4

Four surveys were carried out yesterday by our Living Seas Volunteers, with much better weather conditions than the previous day. Bottlenose dolphins were only observed in the first survey, with two groups observed leaping and socialising close to the Cardinal buoy. A number of birds could also be observed including a Canada Goose, a red kite and a rock pipit.

01/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 1-4, Wind force 2-5

Yesterday our Living Seas volunteers carried out two boat-based surveys observing Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose dolphins on both. The seals were observed in the water scanning and bottling, notably with some close to caves. Dolphins could be observed leaping and socialising.

Sightings Update 01/09/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: fair, Wind direction: S/SE, Sea state 1-3 

It was a good day for marine mammal observations for our Living Seas volunteers with two of the Cardigan Bay big 3 being observed. Two Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted close to the harbour wall and near the fish factory. Bottlenose dolphins could also be seen foraging and displaying social behaviours such as leaping. Two of the dolphins were identified by our Shore Fin team as Jackie and her calf Jay.  

Sightings Update 29/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast- sunny, Wind direction NW, Sea state 2-5

It was another quiet day in New Quay Harbour for our Living Seas Volunteers with only 2 groups of bottlenose dolphins being observed foraging around the Cardinal Bouy. Early watches were called off due to the very rough sea state causing waves to overtop the harbour wall.