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Sightings Update 15/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 3-5, Wind direction None – N/NW.

Five bottlenose dolphins were present in the bay from the start of our surveys yesterday together with an Atlantic grey seal off the harbour wall.  The dolphins were socialising and foraging.  Our Living Seas Volunteers continued having sightings of small groups of dolphins throughout the morning.  After a quiet afternoon there were further occasional dolphin sightings from 4pm on and another seal was seen bottling in the water north of the harbour wall.

 

Sightings Update 12/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 0-2, Wind direction initially south becoming N/NE.

A group of 3 bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were observed foraging off the headland at the beginning of our 7am watch. The dolphins stayed for around 11/2 hours and then left the area. Our Living Seas Volunteers did not have any further sightings until the final watch of the day when a group of four dolphins entered the bay.  Up to 3 dolphins remained in the bay foraging throughout the 2 hour survey being still present at end of watch at 7pm.

Sightings Update 11/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2 early morning becoming 3-4 the rest of the day, Wind direction N.

 

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out surveys in the sunshine yesterday with a couple of brief bottlenose dolphin sightings in the morning. The dolphins were seen leaping and foraging around the headland. In the afternoon the sea swell picked up making sightings more difficult. Barrel jellyfish were seen throughout the day around the harbour wall. In the morning large groups of sea birds were seen on the horizon thought to be feeding.

Sightings Update 08/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Overcast with rain at times, Sea state 3 becoming 1 from midday, Wind direction SE backing S.

There were poor conditions for our Living seas volunteers yesterday with rain and mist at times. Despite this bottlenose dolphins were spotted during each of our surveys socialising and foraging throughout the bay. Several small groups were seen with fourteen dolphins present during the day. In the late afternoon an Atlantic grey seal was observed off the headland.

Sightings Update 07/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins:

Weather conditions: Fair with sunny spells, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction variable.

Our Living seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins during all six survey periods yesterday. The dolphins were in small groups including a juvenile, traveling throughout the bay and displaying leaping and tail splashing later in the day. During the afternoon 10 barrel jellyfish were spotted off the harbour wall plus a range of bird life including guillemot, oyster catchers, kittiwakes and cormorants.

Sightings Update 05/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny periods, Sea state 1-3, Wind direction N/NW.

Our Living seas volunteers spotted bottlenose dolphins during each of the six surveys conducted yesterday. The dolphins were in small groups travelling through the bay and foraging.  During the second survey of the morning Atlantic grey seals were observed twice bottling in the sea north of the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 01/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Overcast with some rain clearing later, sea state 1/2, wind direction S/W

A quiet morning for our Living Seas Volunteers with just the sighting of two Atlantic grey seals north of the harbour wall. Around 5 pm a group of four bottlenose dolphins appeared off the headland. Three of these remained throughout the evening survey giving a spectacular display of leaping and splashy behaviour.

Sightings Update 28/04/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with rain in afternoon, sea state 4 easing to 1, wind direction N/NW

Our surveys resumed yesterday after Storm Hannah eased away. Our Living Seas Volunteer observed dolphins from mid-morning.  A loose group of eight including one calf made several appearances during the remainder of the day foraging off the headland and across the bay towards the Cardinal Marker.

Sightings Update 26/04/2019: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: variable, sea state variable, wind direction S/SW

Bottlenose dolphins sighted regularly throughout the day. Dolphins, including one calf were sighted foraging, mingling at the surface and travelling across the bay. Some dolphins were leaping and tail splashing right in front of the harbour wall.