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SeaSeal Update 31/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

It was a busy evening at Birds Rock, with a large number of Atlantic grey seals recorded by our Sea Seal volunteer. Two seals were observed hauled out throughout the entire two hour survey, with one being quite vocal. Towards the end of the survey, several more seals were spotted swimming into the area: splashing and fighting in the water once they reached the sea around the rocks. Bird sightings included oystercatchers, fulmars and a heron.

SeaSeal Survey Update 04/08/18: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1

Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!

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!

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!