13/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: sunny, Sea state: 1-2, Wind direction: SW-NW

More sunny land watches for our #Livingseas volunteers, with bottlenose dolphins (both adults and young) seen throughout the day from 7am – 7pm; with cetaceans were seen almost exclusively in every 15-minute interval. Recorded behaviours include chasing fish at the surface, leaping and breaching out of the water. Observed fish species include mullet and bass. A single female grey seal was also sighted late afternoon and 3 huge bait balls could be seen offshore, playing host to a variety of marine life. As well as on land, members of the public on our Dolphin Survey Boat Trips were treated to fantastic close encounters.

18/04/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins; Atlantic grey seal

Weather Conditions: Overcast early but soon becoming sunny, sea state 2/3, Wind direction: S-SE

Towards the end of the 9am survey a group of 6 dolphins entered the bay past the headland and were observed foraging in the area between the harbour wall and the Cardinal Marker. The following survey recorded a further ten dolphins including a juvenile. During this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was observed north of the harbour wall together with the rare sightings of a group of migrating Whimbrel and an Iceland Gull. The afternoon brought a further two dolphins far off the headland.