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.
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!
Sea Watch Intern