Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 2-5, wind direction N/NW
Our Living Seas Volunteers conducted surveys from 9am-5pm. During the first survey a lone bottlenose dolphin was spotted surfacing once before disappearing. A female seal was seen close to the harbour wall and later on an unidentified seal was observed travelling in the bay. Volunteers also spotted sandwich terns and cormorants.
Weather conditions: Rain , Sea state 2-5, Wind direction N/NE/NW
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm yesterday. Five bottlenose dolphins were seen at 7am. The group of dolphins were seen travelling, tail slapping, breaching and possibly foraging. During the last survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling. Our volunteers also spotted numerous gannets diving, and other bird species including a sooty shearwater.
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: Overcast / rain, sea state: 1-2, wind direction NE – SE
During a day of frequent activity, bottlenose dolphins were recorded in all of yesterday’s land surveys. Staying in the bay throughout the day, the cetaceans were often seen leaping high out the water – as well as playing with fish and seaweed. During the early morning watch one individual travelled very close to the harbour wall, giving our volunteers a fantastic encounter.
In addition, two seals were spotted by the headland – and cormorants could be seen fishing for and catching flatfish species.
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-3, Wind direction: SW
Our Living Seas volunteers carried out surveys from 7am to 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen consistently throughout our morning surveys, leaping and tail slapping, as well as showing foraging behaviour. Harbour porpoise were spotted in the afternoon around the headland, as well as a lone bottlenose dolphin within metres of the harbour wall on the last watch of the day. Volunteers observed a range of bird life, including gannets, cormorants and oystercatchers
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3/4, wind direction N
At 12.45 one solitary dolphin was spotted 100m off the fish factory, the dolphin travelled north across the bay breaching once. During the survey lots of birds where feeding on the front of the harbour wall exposed by the very low tide.