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.
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.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction variable.
6 surveys were carried out yesterday by our Living Seas volunteers between 7am and 7pm. Despite the rough sea conditions, a lone harbour porpoise was spotted briefly during the afternoon. It was seen just beyond the headland and was thought to be foraging at depth.
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
Both dolphins and harbour porpoise were spotted during the morning. Two harbour porpoises seen travelling off the headland, and three dolphins were spotted foraging in the same area a short while later. During the afternoon a lone harbour porpoise was seen not far from the cardinal boy. Bad weather made for challenging dolphin watching conditions, and the late afternoon and evening land watches were cancelled.
Weather conditions were predominantly overcast, with brief periods of sunshine and rain. Sea State 1-3, Wind Direction S-E to S-W
Porpoises were seen during one survey, but dolphins were seen throughout the day. During the most eventful survey we saw around nine dolphins energetically leaping and tail slapping, as well as approaching a boat. Flocks of gulls stationary above the water indicated feeding behaviour amongst the dolphins too. Our Shorefin team suspected an incident of porpoiside occurred, as photos appear to show a porpoise being thrown from the water
Weather Conditions: Overcast with some rain becoming sunny later, sea state 1-2; wind direction: S/SW
During the morning surveys three groups of dolphins were seen totalling 15 individual animals. Our volunteers saw varied behaviour including foraging, leaping and socialising. A harbour porpoise and an Atlantic grey seal were also seen. During the afternoon a mother and calf were seen close to the harbour wall shortly followed by the sighting of another pair of dolphins foraging off shore. A second seal was seen scanning off Traeth Dolau.
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
Two boat surveys were conducted during the day, in which seals and porpoise were seen. During the first, a seal (thought to be male) swam within 10m of the boat while the boat was stationary. Porpoise were also seen on the trip, although a long distance away. The second trip saw only a seal, however both got excellent sightings of the New Quay bird colonies.
19/04/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals
Weather Conditions: Fair / sunny, sea state 1/2, Wind direction: variable
The Cardigan Bay big three were identified yesterday from the harbour wall. Dolphins were seen from 8am in the bay, foraging and surfacing regularly although quite a way out. This included a juvenile animal. Two seals were also spotted yesterday, one in the morning and one during the afternoon. Two harbour porpoise were seen later on in the day – around 500m from the fish factory. A purple sandpiper was also seen, as well as terns.
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km , light swell
The Living Seas volunteers undertook an 8 hour boat survey during which all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three were spotted. 23 bottlenose dolphins, part of 5 different groups, were seen throughout the day. They displayed a variety of behaviour: approaching the boat, bow riding and leaping. 5 harbour porpoises were also observed. Over 100 Atlantic grey seals were sighted, 89 hauled out on a beach with a further 20 in the water.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Despite the almost ideal survey conditions, it was a quiet day in the bay. However our Living Seas volunteers spotted harbour porpoises during the two afternoon surveys, at 13:30 and 15:00. Initially one surfaced close to the harbour wall before moving off towards New Quay head. Later a porpoise was seen feeding further out off the headland.
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, Sea State 2, Wind direction: S/SE
Our Living Seas volunteers conducted 12 hours of surveys from the harbour wall. Despite foggy weather three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed leaping close to the harbour wall. Later in the day two harbour porpoise were spotted foraging close to New Quay headland. In the last survey five dolphins were seen foraging throughout the bay.