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Sightings Update: 09/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 2 becoming calm, visibility 1-10km, swell light

During 2 two hour boat surveys on board the Anna Lloyd yesterday our Living Seas Volunteers spotted several groups of bottlenose dolphins. At times the dolphins including several juveniles were bow riding the boat. A total of 18 dolphins were spotted including Snowcap one of our regulars.  Also one Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the water.

Sightings Update 09/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast with showers, sea state 1-3, Wind direction NW/SW/NE

A loose group of 3 dolphins was present in the bay at the start of our surveys but soon travelled west around the headland. Later in the morning our Living Seas Volunteers spotted a group of 5 dolphins enter the bay where they remained foraging.  They were joined by a further 2 before they all travelled west out of the area.

Sightings Update 05/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast later becoming sunny, sea state 3-2, Wind direction S/SW/W

Dolphins were present within the bay throughout our watches yesterday.  Our Living Seas Volunteers were fortunate to have good views of dolphins close to the wall and within the harbour.  They were joined by members of the Chester Zoo expedition team who were thrilled by their dolphin encounters. During the morning surveys up to eight dolphins including a calf were observed socialising and foraging. Later in the afternoon another group of 3 dolphins was spotted out by the Cardinal marker socialising near on the surface.

Sightings Update 02/06/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 3-4, Wind direction SW

The morning surveys were cancelled due to poor visibility but when conditions cleared in the afternoon our Living Seas Volunteer spotted a group of four dolphins foraging north of the harbour wall.  They remained for around 45 mins and at times were observed leaping and mingling at the surface.  Late in the evening a second group of three dolphins was spotted including a calf travelling across the bay.

 

Sightings Update 31/05/2019: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: fair-overcast, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction S/SW

Our volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm yesterday. During the first survey a mother and calf were seen foraging across the bay and a lone dolphin was also spotted in the swimming area near the beach! There were no further sightings until the last survey when groups of dolphins were seen travelling and foraging. A variety of bird life was spotted including gannets, black backed gulls and razorbills.