Here at Sea Watch we took advantage of the good weekend weather by taking a trip out on our RIB, ‘Gallois’, in order to collect data for our Photo I.D catalogue.
The sea was flat and calm, and the sun was shining, giving us high hopes that we would spot some dolphins! Within our first half hour we came across a group of 6 bottlenose dolphins, including one calf. Just as we were finished photographing this group another group was seen some distance away. As we came closer we counted 4 bottlenose dolphins in the group, with 2 adults, one calf and one juvenile. We were treated to a series of leaps, socialising behaviours and bow riding as the dolphins swam around our boat. We also witnessed a feeding frenzy, with the 4 dolphins feeding with a large flock of gulls overhead!
On our way home we also spotted two harbour porpoises swimming in the water. The rocky shoreline just around the corner from New Quay harbour is the new home to some seal pups, so we stopped by the cliffs for a while to look out for the pups, where a large male grey seal kept an eye on us!
We managed to get some great photos – plenty of fins for our I.D. catalogue and plenty of leaping dolphins that are a bit more exciting to look at! Check them out below!