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Sightings Update: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, rain; swell light

One survey was undertaken yesterday during which our Living Seas Volunteer spotted five bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile.  They were observed foraging and leaping whilst travelling in a south easterly direction.  There were also several sightings of Atlantic grey seals along the coast totaling 10 individuals.  Records of jellyfish are continuing with large numbers of compass and barrel jellyfish being spotted.

Sighting Update: 25/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey Seals

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

There were two boat based surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd and during both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted. A total of eight were observed including one calf and a juvenile that were in a group leisurely milling about near the boat. Sightings of Atlantic grey seals are increasing with 10 individuals being recorded along the coast. There were also observations of three types of jellyfish – compass, barrel and moon with over 100 of the latter being recorded on one survey.

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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 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 10/06/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km

Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.