Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project – The Blog

Cloudy with a chance of Dolphins

 

The weather was pretty miserable and the elements looked against us but we still managed to get down to the pier with the camera and digiscope. After about 2 hours of watching it seemed like it was going to be a fruitless day, then just as we were packing up a solitary dolphin made an appearance.

 

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(C) John Pye/Seawatch Foundation

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(c) John Pye/ Seawatch Foundation

Having arrived to New Quay only a week ago i am still getting to grips with the camera and its set up. As you can see from the pictures above they are both a bit blury and out of focus. Scientifically we cannot use these images to identify this dolphin for our research.  However, informally  we believe this individual may have been Snowflake.  Below is a picture of Snowflakes fin from our master catalog, this is an example of the type of quality that we need. Now I just need to go and practice with the fantastic equipment so that we have some great pictures for future identification.

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(C)Seawatch Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolphins in the rain.

Friday started with torrential rain, but that didn’t deter us from heading out onto New Quay pier in the hope of seeing some dolphins. We were rewarded by some bright, sunny spells and many groups of dolphins turning up. There were lots of different behaviours on display; some individuals just hanging around swimming normally, while others were more acrobatic, leaping partly through the water or jumping out fully! They seemed totally unaffected by the passing showers.

Sadly the unpredictable showers meant we couldn’t risk getting out the digiscope, but we did manage to get some shots of a close individual in one of the dryer moments using the camera. This particular dolphin kept appearing close to the pier, delighting passers by, and then heading further out towards the cardinal buoy to join another dolphin out there.

(c) Sea Watch Foundation/Imogen Cavadino

(c) Sea Watch Foundation/Imogen Cavadino

As you can see, the dolphin photographed close to the pier does not have any clear nicks or notches, which are crucial markers for photo identification, making it very tricky to know which individual we saw today.

Here’s hoping for better weather on Saturday, or our sand sculpture competition will be washed away!

 

Imogen Cavadino

 

Sea Watch Intern

A normal day in the life of 007

Yesterday Bond was hanging around in New Quay Bay. He started off by spending some time by New Quay pier, swimming around and checking out the boats that passed by with enthusiastic visitors. He was just swimming and probably looking for some fish to eat. And maybe he found some fish that he followed all the way to the cardinal buoy, because he then spent about an hour feeding and taking it easy in the waters around the buoy.

Just another normal day in the life of our beloved Bond!

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Sun, sand and face paints on the pier!

The celebrations for National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2014 are still going strong here in New Quay!

Yesterday was a beautiful day, with lots of sunshine and a gentle cool breeze. Sadly the dolphins did not put in an appearance at all during our time on the pier, but everyone had a great time taking part in activities.

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The most popular one today was face painting, with most of our volunteers and interns having a go. We ended up with a menagerie of sea creatures, including basking sharks, crabs, starfish and bottlenose dolphins (of course!).

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This week we are joined by young volunteer, Imogen and her mother, who took part in one of our land watches for us. They did a great job of collecting data and really enjoyed sitting in the sun watching for dolphins!

Imogen and her mother keeping a watchful eye on the horizon

Imogen and her mother keeping a watchful eye on the horizon

We also had a visit from one of our adoptees, a keen supporter of Sea Watch who had traveled up with her family for a holiday in New Quay. She had a great time joining in the land watch and trying out the Digiscope, and it was lovely to meet another very interested supporter of our work.

Claire trying out the Digiscope

Our visiting adoptee trying out the Digiscope

We were hoping for a glimpse of her adopted dolphin Smoothy and calf Dipper, but unusually they didn’t put in an appearance today. Sadly we cant always have it all! I’m sure they’ll be many sightings to report about here from New Quay very soon.. stay tuned..!

 

Imogen Cavadino

Sea Watch Intern

 

All photos (c) Sea Watch Foundation/Emilia Benavente & Imogen Cavadino

NWDW continues

Not many dolphins seen today but it is all fun and games on New Quay Pier as the National Whale and Dolphin Watch continues. One of our interns, Kiran, made cool Sea Watch and dolphin themed badges with the eager young dolphin spotters enjoying the sun and cool waters of New Quay.

Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Emilia Benavente/Sea Watch Foundation

The hunt for 007 dolphin (A.K.A Bond), our lovable adoptee, is well under way, where contestants pick a square in the hopes of winning a cuddly dolphin soft toy.

Photo: Gemma Veneruso/Sea Watch Foundation

Photo: Gemma Veneruso/Sea Watch Foundation

If that doesn´t float your inflatable dolphin, then take a trip around town and enjoy Topnotch´s Treasure Hunt while taking in the sights of New Quay (and ice cream). And rumor has it there is even an edible prize if you get more than 8 questions right.

So if you are close to New Quay, Ceredigion, come and join us on the pier, every day between 11 am-5 pm.

This Saturday marked the start of the week long National Whale and Dolphin Watch. Around the UK hundreds of volunteers are making to the cliffs and headlands hoping to get a glimpse of these mesmerising animals.

Today in New Quay the week got off to a flying start, this cheeky little shag was spotted chilling out in the harbour waiting for its next meal and earlier in the day a bottlenose dolphn and it’s calf were also spotted splashing around.

(C) Seawatch Foundation/ John Pye

(C) SeaWatch Foundation/ John Pye

If you are out and about in New Quay this week why not come and join the Sea Watch scientists on the Pier and help with some land observations. Feel free to pop down anytime between 11:00 and 17:00. We will also be running lots of little games and activities to keep all the little ones happy.

 

John