Weather conditions: sunny; sea state 0-2, wind direction S-NNW
Three boat surveys were undertaken yesterday; a 9 hour survey aboard Anna Lloyd and two 2 hour surveys on the Sulaire. All had excellent encounters. The Living Seas volunteer aboard the Sulaire observed the Cardigan Bay Big 3 recording 12 Bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals and one group of three harbour porpoises. Meanwhile the all-day survey had a splendid day with sightings of 12 Bottlenose dolphins including 3 new born, 23 Atlantic grey seals including one pup and unusually seven groups of harbour porpoises totalling 22 adults and one calf. In addition there was one confirmed sighting of a common dolphin and one possible thresher shark.
Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, Visibility >10, Light swell
Two Living Seas volunteers conducted two separate two hour boat surveys aboard the Anna Lloyd. Both trips were sunny and a range of wildlife was seen. 14 Bottlenose dolphins were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and leaping out of the water. 3 Harbour porpoise were seen between the two trips, they were seen foraging and travelling. 2 Atlantic grey seals were also seen on one of the trips, and they were seen swimming and bottling.
Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state 2/3, Wind direction NE/NW
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted two boat surveys on board the Anna Lloyd with dolphin survey boat trips. The Cardigan Bay big three were seen with one harbour porpoise, six bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals were seen. Bottlenose dolphins were seen bow riding and foraging, Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling and the porpoise was seen surfacing briefly.
Weather conditions: Sea state 0-3, Visibility >10, Light
Three of our volunteers and a member of staff conducted an 8 hour boat survey on board the Anna Lloyd. A total of 13 Bottlenose dolphins, 5 Harbour Porpoise, 9 Atlantic Grey Seal and one Puffin were seen during the survey. A number of barrel jellyfish were also spotted.
Weather conditions: Overcast and dull, sea state 3, wind direction W
One of our living seas volunteers conducted a survey from 1 pm – 3 pm. The survey was quiet, with a lone Harbour Porpoise spotted surfacing in the harbour towards the end of the survey. Four Cormorants were spotted throughout the survey.
Weather conditions: sun and showers, sea state 3, wind direction SW
One of our Living Seas volunteers conducted a survey from 9 am-11 am. The survey was quiet, with the exception of one Harbour Porpoise spotted travelling and diving near the headland.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
Living Seas volunteers made the most of the sunny weather and conducted two surveys during the day. A group of three harbour porpoise was spotted travelling across the bay area during the first survey.
Two harbour porpoise were observed foraging in the bay for most of the survey. Other sightings included two red throated divers.
Our Living Seas Volunteers made the most of the sunny weather, conducting three land based surveys during the day. Two harbour porpoise were spotted foraging in the bay area.
A lone harbour porpoise was spotted travelling across the bay. Other sightings included oystercatchers and cormorants.
At the start of the survey a lone harbour porpoise was spotted foraging close to the headland. Other sightings included a northern gannet.
The first survey of the day was quiet with no sightings of marine mammals. However, in the second survey a lone harbour porpoise was spotted foraging close to the headland.