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Sightings Update 31/07/19: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny periods, sea state 4-2, wind direction NW backing S/SW

It was a great day for dolphin sightings despite the moderate sea.  Our Living Seas Volunteers observed dolphin in each of our six surveys.  During the high tide in the morning dolphins entered the harbour and were foraging between the moored boats.  At one point there was a group of five including two calves close in.  Later sightings were further off shore but in total 19 different individuals were recorded yesterday.

Sightings Update 30/07/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Rain , Sea state 2-5, Wind direction  N/NE/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm yesterday. Five bottlenose dolphins were seen at 7am. The group of dolphins were seen travelling, tail slapping, breaching and possibly foraging. During the last survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling. Our volunteers also spotted numerous gannets diving, and other bird species including a sooty shearwater.

Sightings Update 28/07/19: bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Fair to begin becoming sunny later, sea state 3, wind direction N/NW

A solitary dolphin was present during most of our first watch yesterday. It was foraging within the harbour and close to the wall.  A second dolphin was spotted mid-morning but this only remained foraging for a short while. Our Living Seas Volunteers also observed two Atlantic grey seals during the day swimming across the bay and bottling at times.

Sightings Update: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, rain; swell light

One survey was undertaken yesterday during which our Living Seas Volunteer spotted five bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile.  They were observed foraging and leaping whilst travelling in a south easterly direction.  There were also several sightings of Atlantic grey seals along the coast totaling 10 individuals.  Records of jellyfish are continuing with large numbers of compass and barrel jellyfish being spotted.

Sightings Update 14/07/19: The Cardigan Bay Big Three

Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state 2/3, Wind direction NE/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys on board the Anna Lloyd with dolphin survey boat trips. The Cardigan Bay big three were seen with one harbour porpoise, six bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals were seen. Bottlenose dolphins were seen bow riding and foraging, Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling and the porpoise was seen surfacing briefly.