Weather conditions: sea state 2-3; visibility >10km; cloudy; light swell
Three boat surveys were carried out during which our Living Seas Volunteers recorded four sightings of Atlantic grey seals and five groups of bottlenose dolphins. A total of 11 dolphins were sighted and various behaviours recorded including normal swim and head slapping.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.