The dolphins were very active at New Quay yesterday being observed socialising and foraging throughout our survey periods. Our Living Seas volunteers recorded up to 18 individuals including at least one juvenile. They remained off shore between the headland and the Cardinal Buoy. During the morning watch one female watch Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour wall and at various times there were sightings of barrel jellyfish and one moon jellyfish.
Weather conditions: No precipitation, Wind direction: SW/W. Sea state 1 – 3, Visibility: >1 – 10km
There were two boat based surveys yesterday aboard the Anna Lloyd and during both Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were spotted. A total of eight were observed including one calf and a juvenile that were in a group leisurely milling about near the boat. Sightings of Atlantic grey seals are increasing with 10 individuals being recorded along the coast. There were also observations of three types of jellyfish – compass, barrel and moon with over 100 of the latter being recorded on one survey.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 0-1, visibility >10k
All of the Cardigan Bay Big Three – bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals – were seen during the boat surveys! Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in both of the 2 boat surveys carried out yesterday. One Atlantic grey seal was sighted during the first survey and one harbour porpoise was seen in the second survey! As well as seals and cetaceans, an abundance of jellyfish were recorded. Hundreds of moon jellyfish were seen, as well as compass, blue and barrel jellyfish.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: N-NW, sea state: 0-1
During the first two surveys of the day 5 bottlenose dolphins were sighted by our volunteers. Three adults and two juveniles were feeding by the reef, chasing fish by the surface and briefly leaping! Following this the afternoon surveys were much quieter. No cetaceans were spotted, however several compass jellyfish were seen drifting past the harbour wall.
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: Sunny/fair, sea state: two, wind direction NW – N
A sunny day on the sea wall for our living seas volunteers, with bottlenose dolphins seen throughout the morning and afternoon. They were seen travelling back and forth between the fish factory and cardinal buoy. We got an impressive display of feeding during which the dolphins were tossing fish!! The water off the wall was particularly clear – fish and spider crabs could be seen beneath the waves.
Weather conditions: Sunny, light cloud cover, sea state 0-2, visibility 1 – 10km
Our Living Seas and Shorefin volunteers had a great all day boat trip yesterday, seeing an estimated 25 dolphins and a group of four seals, also a number of jellyfish and bird species. As well as socialising and feeding, the dolphins were seen bow riding and a calf was observed to be suckling.
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Four boat surveys were conducted out in the bay yesterday, in which all had sightings of marine mammals. The first trip had sightings of the Cardigan Bay big three – with porpoise, dolphins and seals all spotted from the Anna Lloyd. The following three trips all encountered bottlenose dolphins, including juveniles – with the animals leaping and bow-riding within 5 meters of the boat. Seals could also be seen swimming and hauled out on the rocks. A large moon jellyfish was also sighted.