National Marine Week

Seal pup by Mike Alexander

Seal pup by Mike Alexander

Seashore Safari

Seashore Safari

A shoal of rocky, sandy and inland events will be held from Sunday 24th July to Sunday 7th August to celebrate our seas for National Marine Week. All across our Southern Welsh coastline staff and volunteers will be sharing their knowledge, so whether you want to find out more about rituals of rockpool life or enjoy a whale and dolphin watch with all the family, there will be events at which to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the sea and learn more about its riches.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is offering people the chance to name one of their Bottlenose Dolphin Calfs over the two weeks. The Calf was born in 2013 and is currently known as dolphin 675. Its mother, Jacky is one of the well known Dolphins that Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and their Living Seas volunteers monitor and the pair are often seen foraging and socialising in the bay. Jacky and her Calf are favourites of our Living Seas Volunteers and it is now time to give her Calf a forever name. As it is difficult to find out the gender of the calf CBMWC are looking for a neutral name that would fit either a boy or a girl. Submissions cost £1 through Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Visitor Centre or £2 via Paypal online here, all funds raised will go towards the vital conservation work carried out by the Trust. After the 7th August our Living Seas Team will vote for their favourite name and the top 3 will be put into a poll on CMBWC’s Facebook page.

CBMWC will also hold a variety of events during National Marine week, including Marine Monday, Magnificent Marine Mammals, Sea Shore Safaris and a few all day dolphin surveys. More information on all day surveys can be found here

Skomer Island will also be taking part in National Marine Week and will have two volunteers stationed at the Garland Stone everyday between 11am and 1pm conducting a cetacean watch. They will be specifically looking out for Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphins. Day trippers are invited and encouraged to go along and join them, to try and spot some cetaceans themselves. The Island wardens and volunteers will be on hand to explain what data is being collected from the cetacean watch and why it is important.

If you can’t make it to Skomer Island during National Marine Week, fear not, weekly cetacean watches are carried out by volunteers to collect survey data on species abundance and monitoring seasonal and annual trends within Skomer waters.