Weather conditions: Overcast at first brightening later with sunny periods; sea state 3/4; wind direction W/SW
Two bottlenose dolphins were observed early during our 7am survey close to the harbour wall but they travelled quickly NW towards the headland. Mid morning dolphins reappeared with a group of three being observed by our Living Seas Volunteers socialising and foraging just off the end of the harbour wall where they remained for over four hours. One dolphin remained through our final survey until just before 7pm. The high winds also brought in some interesting birds with views of Arctic Skuas including one dark phase, multiple migrating sandwich terns and a sighting of a Sabine’s gull a rare vagrant.
Weather Conditions: Rain clearing in afternoon, Wind direction S-W, Sea state 1-3
Morning surveys were cancelled due to heavy rain. In the early afternoon a group of three dolphins including a juvenile were seen foraging off the headland. The only other sighting was of a lone dolphin foraging 500 metres north of the harbour wall in the evening. Our volunteers are now regularly spotting various species of terns on their return migration.
Weather conditions: sun/rain, wind direction varied, sea state 1-3
A fantastic day for sightings of bottlenose dolphins, the cetaceans could be seen throughout the day from the harbour wall here in New Quay. Mostly seen foraging, they were also recorded to be displaying tail slaps and leaping behaviours as well as feeding on prey. During the early afternoon, larger pods of 12 or more dolphins (including multiple young) could be seen around the survey area.
Amongst the identified dolphins, regular visitors ‘Jacky’ and her calf ‘Jay’ could be seen throughout the morning.
Other wildlife included gannets, manx shearwaters and sandwich terns.
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.
02/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, Sea state 2-4, Wind direction variable
Bottlenose dolphins were spotted mid-way through yesterday’s 7am watch, seen in groups foraging off shore north of the harbour. The remainder of the morning was then quiet except for a solitary Atlantic grey seal. It all changed in the afternoon when our volunteers saw dolphins throughout every survey up until the days watches came to a close at 7pm. The cetaceans could be seen foraging with long dives, surfacing regularly and occasionally lunging at the water’s surface (although quite far away). We once again saw Snowcap; a highly popular individual amongst our team; seen in the attached photos. A little gull and sandwich tern were also sighted.