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.
Weather conditions: Sea State 2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 2 South East
One of our volunteers was lucky enough to see two Harbour Porpoises on her first boat trip, a calf with an adult, which came close to the boat while travelling. Whilst volunteers were out on the wall all day, there were no land based sightings.
Weather conditions: Overcast-Rain, Sea State 2-3, Wind direction S-SE
A group of 2 adults and 1 juvenile Bottlenose Dolphin were seen traveling east in close proximity to the Fish Factory at 10.00am. 2 Harbour Porpoises were seen on 2 of the 3 watches in zone 2 and 5 traveling west during the 9am watch and then east during the 11am watch. An Atlantic Grey Seal was also seen at 14.00 near the harbour wall. During this time, 2 boats were sighted within 300m of the seal however both complied with the code of conduct.
Weather conditions: Sunny-Rain, Sea State 2, Wind direction NE-SE
Starting from 9.30am, a group of 4 adults and 1 juvenile bottlenose dolphins were seen traveling east together from the fish factory. They then split into two groups and began diving for long periods to feed. At around 10.30-10.45, visitor passenger boats got within 50m of the groups. The boats complied with the code of conduct and avoided disturbing the dolphins. This activity continued to approximately 11.15am when all the dolphins were not spotted again. Later, at 16.15 three harbour porpoises were seen traveling east from the headland but were not spotted again.
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny, Sea State 2-3, Wind direction S-SW
A total of four 2-hour long land surveys were conducted from the harbour yesterday. At 14:45 a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the Harbour Wall. Within the same watch The LivingSeas volunteers then spotted harbour porpoises foraging within close proximity to the cardinal buoy. These porpoises continued to forage in the area for over 2 hours which enabled our ShoreFin team to take some photographs.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction NE-NW
Living Seas Volunteer surveys were conducted from 7am-7pm yesterday. A group of 4 harbour porpoises were seen logging and foraging between 11am-1.45pm near the cardinal buoy. 4 bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and a calf, were also briefly seen foraging in close proximity to the Fish Factory between from 12.45pm until mid-afternoon.
Weather conditions: Sunny/Overcast, sea state 1/2, wind direction S-W
A total of four 2-hour long surveys were conducted from the harbour, with marine mammal sightings reported during the 1pm-3pm survey.
A pair of harbour porpoises breached suddenly within 20m of the harbour wall; before travelling West towards the headland shortly afterwards and disappearing out of sight. Later in the same survey, an individual adult seal was also sighted within the survey area.
Weather Conditions: overcast/fair, sea state1, wind direction NW
Volunteers were lucky enough to catch sight of the Cardigan Bay Big 3 during this morning’s surveys. At the start of the 09:00am watch, a harbour porpoise was immediately spotted off the headland. A total of 5 porpoise were observed in the bay during the first hour of the survey.
At the start of the 11:00am survey, an Atlantic Grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall. Later on a bottlenose dolphin was sighted coming around New Quay Head, travelling towards the harbour before heading towards the cardinal buoy.
Weather conditions: sunny with showers developing later, sea state 2/3, wind direction W backing SW
A 9 am survey was conducted this morning. In the final 15 minutes a group of 3 harbour porpoises was observed briefly foraging north of the Cardinal Marker before travelling off in a westerly direction.