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Sightings Update 27/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

  Weather conditions: fair/overcast, wind direction SE/S, sea state 1-2

Bottlenose dolphins were seen consistently throughout the day, with sightings in every survey carried out by our Living Seas Volunteers. Dolphins were usually seen foraging but became more active in the middle of the day, and were observed leaping by the headland. A lone Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning by the harbour wall in the morning, and another female seal was observed bottling later in the day. Various seabirds including a red knot (pictured) were also sighted.

Sighting Update: 26/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: none to N in the afternoon. Sea state 0 – 2, Visibility: >10km

There were two boat based surveys carried out yesterday by our LivingSeas volunteers yesterday with Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals being observed on both. The dolphins were mainly seen foraging at Ynys Lochtyn, whilst the seals were seen hauled out on the rocks closer to New Quay.

Sightings Update 26/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction SW/W swinging to N/NE in the afternoon, sea state 0-2

It was a great day for our Living Seas Volunteers with bottlenose dolphins being seen in every survey. They were mainly observed foraging, although one group were seen leaping and lunging close to the fish factory. Our ShoreFin team were able to ID the dolphins as lipstick, Cross and her calf Spot.

Sightings Update 24/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast to sunny, wind direction SW/W, sea state 2

There were numerous sightings of bottlenose dolphins throughout the day yesterday. Starting from the morning dolphins were seen foraging, socialising and leaping around the cardinal buoy. Towards the end of the afternoon dolphins were seen foraging closer to the headland. Flocks of Oystercatchers were seen flying across the bay around four o’ clock.

Sighting Update: 24/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: W. Sea state 2 – 3, Visibility: >1 – 10km

During the first of the day’s boat based surveys conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers, a small group of 3 bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling down the coast from New Quay head, including a mother calf pair making their way down the coastline. On the Anna Lloyd’s return to New Quay harbour, a solitary bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging in the waters of the bay. A couple groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the last boat trip of the day on the Anna Lloyd, foraging at different locations along the coastal stretch to Ynys Loctyn. A couple of female Atlantic grey seals were also encountered hauled out on the rocks enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

Sighting Update: 23/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: Intermittent rain, Wind Direction: S – NW, Sea state 0 – 2, Visibility: >10km

Our LivingSeas volunteers carried out 2 boat surveys with Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals observed on both surveys. There were some close dolphin encounters, with one group – consisting of two adults and a juvenile – chasing fish. A large number of moon jellyfish were also observed as well as seals seen hauled out on the rocks and in the water.

Sighting Update: 22/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind Direction: W – NW, Sea state 1 – 2, Visibility: >10km

A relatively eventful day for boat based surveys by our LivingSeas volunteers saw several sightings of both Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey seals throughout the day on the Anna Lloyd. Ideal conditions on the day allowed sightings to be fairly regular, with many encounters of Bottlenose Dolphins, as well as particularly high encounters of Atlantic Grey Seals that were observed across both of the days boat based surveys.

Sighting Update 22/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: W – NW, sea state 0 – 2

A good day for Bottlenose Dolphins encounters saw these animals observed across every survey conducted by our LivingSeas volunteers throughout the day. Many of these animals were observed throughout the morning’s surveys up until 11am, travelling in relatively small groups around the bay and foraging. Sightings of these Dolphins became more intermittent moving into the afternoon, but Bottlenose Dolphin presence in the Bay was still recorded across every survey in the day. Including individuals that are frequent visitors to the bay, such as the large male known as ‘Lipstick’ who was observed across the 1pm survey period.

Sea Seal Update 19th July 2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny, no wind, sea state 1

A fabulous morning at Birds Rock, with lots of activity around the cliffs! Eight Atlantic grey seals were seen during the first half of the survey, hauled out in the sunshine and in the water. Five bottlenose dolphins were observed briefly foraging and chasing fish next to the cliffs!! Three kestrel fledglings were sighted flying around Birds Rock, as well as all the usual seabirds: fulmars, cormorants and gulls. Several compass jellyfish were also recorded!

Sightings Update 16/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, wind direction S to W to N, sea state 0-4

After a slow start, sightings picked up from the 11am survey, with lots of activity throughout the middle of the day and early afternoon. Our LivingSeas volunteers spotted two adults and a juvenile foraging around the cardinal buoy for two hours over lunchtime with bursts of leaping activity but they later travelled away past the headland. A group of four later appeared by the buoy but visibility soon decreased, making them difficult to spot.

Sightings Update 13/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction SW/NW, sea state 2

There was a lot of dolphin activity in New Quay Harbour yesterday. Our LivingSeas volunteers spotted many groups, including numerous mother and calf pairs, foraging and socializing mostly near the cardinal buoy. Other notable sightings include a Compass jellyfish, four Common scoters, and several Oystercatchers and Manx shearwaters.

Sightings Update 10/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: SW – NW, sea state: 2 – 3

Infrequent sightings of Dolphins today saw sightings of these marine mammals by our LivingSeas volunteers only briefly across 3 land based surveys today. Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted immediately during the first watch of the day at 07:00am showing some lively activity foraging in the bay, however Dolphins were then not seen again until almost 11:00am, and then only briefly. Some hours went by without the presence of any marine mammals in the bay, until eventually at 04:00pm a couple of Bottlenose Dolphin groups appeared in the bay and remained foraging here for some time.