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Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: NE – NW

We had an all-day survey during which our living seas volunteers were lucky enough to see all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three, which included a spectacular encounter during which a pod of six dolphins approached the boat and socialized, pictures attached. We also saw frequently seen Lipstick and Snowcone, a number of jellyfish, and, unusually, a Canadian Goose and some Shelduck, plus a dolphin eating a Garfish.

Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: varied

Yesterday our volunteers carried out land and boat surveys all day and had some amazing sightings. Dolphins were seen on every land survey, including frequently seen Snowcap and her calf, mostly foraging near the fish factory or cardinal buoy. In addition four Harbour Porpoise and an Atlantic Grey Seal were seen. Bird life was exciting too; we saw Gannets, Grey Wagtails, Oystercatchers and a rarely seen Bridled Guillemot.

Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: NE – NW

We had an all-day survey during which our living seas volunteers were lucky enough to see all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three, which included a spectacular encounter during which a pod of six dolphins approached the boat and socialized. We also saw frequently seen Lipstick and Snowcone, a number of jellyfish, and, unusually, a Canadian Goose and some Shelduck, plus a dolphin eating a Garfish.

Sightings Update: 31/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal, Harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: varied with brief spells of rain, sea state: 0-1, wind directions: varied

Yesterday our volunteers carried out land and boat surveys all day and had some amazing sightings. Dolphins were seen on every land survey, including frequently seen Snowcap and her calf, mostly foraging near the fish factory or cardinal buoy. In addition four Harbour Porpoise and an Atlantic Grey Seal were seen. Bird life was exciting too; we saw Gannets, Grey Wagtails, Oystercatchers and a rarely seen Bridled Guillemot.

Sightings Update 30/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell

Four boat surveys were conducted out in the bay yesterday, in which all had sightings of marine mammals. The first trip had sightings of the Cardigan Bay big three – with porpoise, dolphins and seals all spotted from the Anna Lloyd. The following three trips all encountered bottlenose dolphins, including juveniles – with the animals leaping and bow-riding within 5 meters of the boat. Seals could also be seen swimming and hauled out on the rocks. A large moon jellyfish was also sighted.

Sightings Update 29/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell

Yesterday our Living Seas volunteers were on board 3 separate boat trips, taking 2-hour surveys on each trip. On the first trip, Habour Porpoise were sighted travelling and Altantic Grey Seals were spotted bottling. In the next two boat surveys, the same group of Bottlenose dolphins were seen milling and foraging, and at times even taking part in some bow-riding.

Sightings Update 19/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell

Four of our Living Seas volunteers boarded the Anna Lloyd yesterday, as part of an 8-hour boat survey around Cardigan Bay. During the trip, members of the public were delighted to spot the Cardigan Bay Big Three, in the glorious sunshine. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the start and end of the trip, whilst Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals were spotted throughout. Of particular note ought to be the high number of Harbour porpoises spotted, most of which appeared to be travelling or foraging. A number of Rhizostoma jellyfish were also observed during the survey.

12/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swell
One of our Living Seas volunteers went on a two hour boat trip yesterday, during which they saw all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three. Bottlenose dolphins were seen tail slapping and leaping with herring gulls overhead, and a mother and calf were exhibiting close contact behaviour, characterised by staying within one body length of each other. Grey seals were seen in the water, and a lone harbour porpoise was also sighted travelling.

10/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals, Harbour porpoises

Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, some fair weather, Sea State 2-3, Wind direction: W – S

A sunny day for our Livingseas volunteers, and we had sightings on almost every survey. Dolphins were seen leaping and chasing prey at the surface, during which Gannets were diving. Dolphins were also travelling and foraging around the Cardinal Marker throughout the day, and our SeaSeal team managed to photograph frequently sighted Jacky and her calf, see below. There was a lone porpoise and seal seen, both of whom were seen only briefly near the headland. In addition volunteers spotted a Barrel Jellyfish, a Herring gull playing with whelk eggs, a flock of Whimbrels and a Kestrel (also photographed).

 

08/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise

Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, Sea state 1 – 2, Wind direction SE – SW

A good start to the day saw a group of bottlenose dolphins arrive in the bay at 7:30am, arriving from around New Quay headland travelling South East. This exciting start to the day continued into the afternoon, with sightings of dolphins being recorded across every survey up until 1:00pm. During the 1:00pm survey dolphins were not seen in the bay, however, in the last minutes of the 1:00pm survey a solitary Harbour Porpoise was spotted surfacing in the middle of the bay travelling westward. Following a quiet couple of hours in the bay, a group of bottlenose dolphins appeared in the bay during the 5:00pm survey period. One of the members of this group of dolphins was identified a Jacky, a regular to New Quay bay across the last few years, she was spotted travelling with her young calf shortly off New Quay head.

07/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

07/04/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility 0-10km, light swell

The Living Seas volunteers undertook an 8 hour boat survey during which all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three were spotted. A few bottlenose dolphin groups (including 2 juvenile individuals) were seen during the trip. 6 harbour porpoises were also seen, with 3 animals coming within 100m of the boat. Atlantic grey seals were spotted, including males, females and juvenile both in the water and hauled out onto the shoreline. Bird species were also prevalent, including whimbrels, manx shearwaters and a shelduck.

06/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise & Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, Fog visibility 0-1km, light swell

New Quay was enveloped in thick mist yesterday but despite visibility being less than 1 km our Living Seas volunteers spotted the Cardigan Bay Big Three during three boat surveys undertaken on the Anna Lloyd.  A group of nine dolphins including Snowcap, one of our regulars, was seen during two trips exhibiting various behaviours including close contact, leaping and bow riding.  The evening survey recorded six Atlantic grey seals and one porpoise.