Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, Wind direction: NW-SW, Sea state 0-4
Another busy day of land surveying yesterday, with bottlenose dolphins recorded during each of six surveys. Notably during the early morning and evening watches, dolphins could be seen only meters from the harbour wall – with two individuals quickly identified as Jacky and her calf Jay. As a whole, dolphins were noted to display leaps, travelling behaviours and foraging behaviours – with the mother and calf pair observed to be chasing fish at the surface. Other sightings include cormorants, flatfish, manx shearwater, moon jellyfish and bluefire jellyfish.
Weather conditions: No precipitation, Sea state 1-3, Visibility >10km
On board ‘Anna Lloyd’ the passengers, crew and volunteers were given some fantastic sightings on the all day trip. This included a close encounter with dolphins during the morning and another stunning one late afternoon, with adults and calves seen socialising and leaping high out of the water. We also were given a rare close viewing of feeding gannets and manx shearwater, and large barrel jellyfish could also be seen.
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.