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SeaSeal Update 22/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S-W

A great day at Birds Rock yesterday with plenty of Atlantic grey seal sightings during the two hour survey conducted. Three seals were observed in the water, bottling, scanning and diving. Another spent some time attempting to haul out onto the rocks despite the large waves washing over them. Excitingly, our Sea Seal volunteer was able to identify three of the four of the seals recorded as individuals spotted at Birds Rock earlier this year! Other sightings included kestrels, gannets and a small toad.

SeaSeal Survey Update 04/08/18: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather: overcast, wind N, sea state 1

Our SeaSeal volunteer was up early yesterday morning to carry out a two hour survey at Birds Rock. Five Atlantic grey seals were observed bottling and scanning while in the water around the rocks, with a couple looking to haul-out! Bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted, travelling past the survey area. Three choughs were observed flying around the cliffs, a kestrel was seen hovering above Birds Rock, and fulmars and kittiwakes were also sighted!

SeaSeal Update 01/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!

Sightings Update 04/06/2018: Bottlenose dolphins & jellyfish

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction: NE – NW

Dolphins were seen from 7am mid-way between the harbour wall and the headland – frequently leaping and breaching out of the water. From 9am-10am, the cetaceans stayed by the edge of the reef and could be seen foraging as well as displaying more social behaviours with leaps included. Two jellyfish species (Rhizostoma pulmo & Cyanea lamarckii) were also spotted from the survey point – with the latter seen in large numbers. Bird species including gannets and black-legged kittiwakes were also spotted.