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.
Weather conditions: Sunny becoming overcast later, Sea State 2, Wind direction: S/SE becoming NE for a while before returning to SE by end of day
There were two sightings of bottlenose dolphins during the day. A group of three dolphins including a juvenile was briefly spotted off the headland early in 7am watch. Just before 1 pm a group of 3 dolphins was seen off the headland travelling south-east into the bay coming within 200m north of the harbour wall. This group was again spotted during the following watch off the headland. Harbour porpoises were also identified on two watches foraging within the bay.
09/04/2018: 20 Bottlenose dolphins, 8 Harbour porpoise, 6 Atlantic grey seals
Weather conditions: Sea State 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 0-2 North-East
Three, two-hour surveys were conducted on the Anna Lloyd during the day. During the first, a group of 4 seals were seen, with two hauled out on the rocks. These same two seals were spotted regularly throughout the day. Later in the trip, porpoise were also seen foraging around the bay. The second trip saw 13 dolphins, as well as porpoise and seals. The dolphin sightings included a recorded juvenile, seen leaping out of the water alongside two adult individuals. The final trip also saw leaping dolphins, as well as three seals and a single porpoise. Gannets were also seen during the day.
09/04/2018: 5 Bottlenose dolphins, 4 Harbour porpoise, 4 Atlantic grey seals
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, Sea State 1, Wind direction: Variable, also none
Marine mammals were spotted during each of the day’s 6 surveys bar one. Firstly a grey seal was spotted by the headland, with porpoises appearing rarely over the next few hours while foraging for food. Dolphins (including a juvenile) were then seen at 4:00pm, travelling along the reef. They were seen milling at the surface, as well as performing tail-slaps. Finally, two seals were sighted swimming along the bay.
Weather conditions: Overcast at first becoming sunny, Sea State 1, Wind direction: S then N/NE later
The Cardigan Bay Big 3 was seen from the harbour wall by the Living Seas Volunteers. All surveys except the final one saw groups of bottlenose dolphins. 26 individuals were observed during the day exhibiting various behaviour including foraging and leaping. Two harbour porpoises were present in the bay between 14.30 to 17.00 hours. An Atlantic grey seal and another harbour porpoise were spotted during the final survey of the day.
07/04/2018: 5 Bottlenose Dolphins & 6 Harbour Porpoise
Weather conditions: Rain-Overcast, Sea State 1, Wind direction: Variable
Marine mammals were spotted during each of the day’s 4 surveys. Firstly 3 harbour porpoise were seen travelling past New Quay Head at 9am. 5 dolphins (including a juvenile) were then seen foraging with long dives later in the day from 11am – 2pm, resurfacing at irregular intervals. Finally another 3 porpoise were sighted at around 3:30pm. They came close to the harbour wall before heading out to sea.
07/04/2018: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal
Weather conditions: Sea State 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 0-2 North-East
During the only trip of the day, 10 bottlenose dolphins were seen along with 2 harbour porpoises and a single, female grey seal – totaling 7 separate sightings. The dolphins were seen to be foraging with long dives, while the porpoises were all spotted from about 10m away, travelling in a Westerly direction. The seal was seen ‘bottling’ closely to the survey boat.