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14/10/18: Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10km, Wind force 2-3

On our boat survey yesterday our Living Seas volunteer was delighted to spot a small group of Harbour porpoise foraging near the boat, including one mother and calf pair. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also sighted, both hauled out on nearby beaches and swimming near the boat.

Sightings Update 14/10/2018: Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Overcast with sunny spells, Wind Direction: N/NW/W, Sea state 2-3

Harbour porpoise were spotted throughout the day yesterday by our Living Seas volunteers, with single individuals spotted foraging, travelling, and logging on the surface for long periods. A number of Atlantic grey seals were also spotted, with males and females swimming and scanning close to the harbour wall.

Sightings Update: 08/10/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather Conditions: Variable, Wind Direction: S/SW/SE, Sea state 1-2

Our volunteers sighted the Cardigan Bay big 3 yesterday; with Bottlenose dolphins seen in 3 out of 4 surveys, Harbour porpoise in both afternoon surveys, and Atlantic grey seals seen in both the morning and afternoon. Bottlenose dolphins were observed surfing the waves, chasing prey at the surface, as well as milling and socialising. The #LivingSeas volunteers were delighted to record our first sighting of Harbour porpoise in the harbour for a while, with a small group foraging and milling in the bay for around an hour. Atlantic grey seals were also spotted close to the harbour wall swimming and bottling throughout the day.

Sighting Update: 21/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: variable, Sea state 1-3, Visibility: variable

Our volunteers were lucky enough to see all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three yesterday during two boat surveys: Seals, Porpoises and Dolphins. Porpoises were seen travelling, seals bottling, dolphins approached the boat, and were also observed milling and foraging. Many Common Jellyfish were seen yesterday too.

Sighting Update: 20/07/18: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals

Weather Conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction SW/S, Sea state 1-2, Visibility 1-10k 

An eventful boat based survey aboard the Sulaire with our Living Seas Volunteer spotting the Cardigan Bay Big 3. Several groups of dolphins were spotted totalling about 9 individuals including one juvenile.  Behaviour included socialising and foraging.  A pair of harbour porpoises were seen off Bird’s Rock travelling west and nearby a single Atlantic grey seal was bottling.