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.

Sightings Update 08/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 0-1, visibility >10k 

All of the Cardigan Bay Big Three – bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals – were seen during the boat surveys! Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both of the 2 boat surveys carried out yesterday. One Atlantic grey seal was sighted during the first survey and one harbour porpoise was seen in the second survey! As well as seals and cetaceans, an abundance of jellyfish were recorded. Hundreds of moon jellyfish were seen, as well as compass, blue and barrel jellyfish.

Sightings Update 08/07/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: N-NW, sea state: 0-1

During the first two surveys of the day 5 bottlenose dolphins were sighted by our volunteers. Three adults and two juveniles were feeding by the reef, chasing fish by the surface and briefly leaping! Following this the afternoon surveys were much quieter. No cetaceans were spotted, however several compass jellyfish were seen drifting past the harbour wall.

Sightings Update 03/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10km

Our Living Seas volunteers boarded the Anna Lloyd, Dolphin Survey Boat Trips, yesterday for a two-hour trip down the coast. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted over the course of the survey, with one group, including a juvenile, foraging within 60m of the boat. A lone female Atlantic grey seal was also observed, bottling in the water.

Sightings Update 03/07/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Wind direction: Variable, Sea state 1-3

Six land-based surveys were carried out by our Living Seas volunteers yesterday, with Bottlenose dolphins being spotted in all bar one of our watches. Individuals were observed to be travelling and feeding between the Cardinal buoy and headland, in small groups, including a mother and juvenile. Other interesting sightings include both Mediterranean and Black headed gulls.

SeaSeal Update 01/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!