Sightings Update 27/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast, Wind direction S-W, Sea state 2-4

2 of the Cardigan Bay big 3 were seen yesterday, with bottlenose dolphins appearing on and off throughout the day. Our ShoreFin volunteers were able to ID two of them by their fins: Snowcap and Brian. Seals were also observed all day, displaying behaviours such as bottling and scanning. It was a great day for birdwatching, with sandwich terns, fulmars and a second summer Med gull among the most notable sightings.

Sightings Update 15/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Sunny to raining, wind direction: southerly, sea state 1-3 

Two of the Cardigan Bay big 3 were spotted by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday from the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted by the fish factory in the morning, whilst Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the day close to the harbour wall, with some displaying sociable behaviour such as leaping and tail slapping. There were also groups observed foraging around the cardinal buoy.

Sightings Update 13/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction NW/W swinging to S in the afternoon, sea state 1-3

A great morning for bottlenose sightings saw dolphins spotted in almost every interval up until 3pm by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday. A group of six, including mother and calf pair, Jacky and Jay, were observed tossing fish by the harbour wall. Two adults and a calf then made their way around the wall into the harbour area and foraged there for the next hour.

06/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction:W-SW, Sea State 1-3, light swell, visibility: >10km

 Volunteers conducted two boat surveys yesterday where Atlantic grey seals and bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both. The dolphins were seen splashing and jumping as well as foraging and feeding at the surface. Bottling behaviour and moving in and out of the water was seen by the seals.

Update 06/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Fair to Dull, Wind Direction: S-SW in the am, N in the pm, Sea State 2

 Bottlenose dolphins were seen across all 6 of the land surveys conducted by our living seas volunteers yesterday! Throughout the majority of the surveys the dolphins showed staying behaviour which included long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. In the morning survey a small group of dolphins were seen to be throwing their catch around. During the afternoon the dolphins became much more active as they were seen leaping, tail slapping and chasing fish at the surface close to the harbour wall and the fish factory at the headland.

SeaSeal Survey Update 04/08/18: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1

Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!

Sighting update: 03/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: dry, mist and rain, Wind direction: S – W, Sea state 1 – 2, light swell, visibility: 1 – 10km/>10km.

Three boat based surveys were conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers across both the Sulaire and Anna Lloyd. Volunteers were lucky enough to experience several encounters of bottlenose dolphins, observing these animals foraging, socialising and occasionally breaching from the water. Many Atlantic grey seals were also observed, both bottling and hauled out along the rocks of the Ceredigion coastline, as well as a rare encounter that saw a pair of seals vocalizing loudly to one another.

Sightings Update 03/08/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather Conditions: Overcast to fair and mist, wind direction SW – NW, sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen across the majority of land based surveys conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers today. Sightings were more prominent throughout the mornings surveys with groups of dolphins encountered across every 15 minute interval of the 7am survey. Sightings remained fairly consistent through the rest of the day, with many animals observed foraging at depth across different areas of the bay, before a thick sea mist rolled into the area during the last survey of the day.

Sighting update: 31/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Dry, Wind direction: W – SW, Sea state 3 – 5, light – medium swell, visibility: >10km

Despite the continued rough weather, a very lively day for boat based sightings occurred, with over 30 bottlenose dolphin individuals encountered across the two boat based surveys conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers. Included in these groups were several juvenile individuals as well as a calf.

Sightings Update 31/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sun/rain, wind direction SE – SW, sea state 1-2

A very lively day for sightings saw bottlenose dolphin sightings occur across every survey of the day, as well as some sightings of Atlantic grey seals by our LivingSeas volunteers from New Quays harbour wall. High numbers of dolphins were recorded across the day’s surveys with as many as 14 individuals encountered across the 11am survey period. The large male bottlenose known as Lipstick was also identified in the bay during the 1pm survey. As well as a couple of Atlantic grey seals that were seen swimming shortly off the harbour wall across two of the days survey periods.

Sightings Update 29/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, wind direction S/SW, sea state 1-4

Our LivingSeas volunteers had a good day for dolphin observation yesterday, but unfortunately half of the surveys were cancelled due to poor weather. There was a large group of 6 adults and 1 calf foraging for most of the morning close to the cardinal buoy. Later in the day 2 calves could be seen frequently leaping, alongside a group of 4 adults.

Sighting update: 27/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation. Wind direction: S-SW in the afternoon. Sea state 2-3. Low – medium swell. Visibility: >10km

Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd. Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted in both, with three dolphins bow-riding the boat as the first trip came in, and two pods seen foraging on the second. The seals were seen bottling just off the coast in both surveys.