After two weeks of being office bound due to bad weather, the Sea Watch team managed to squeeze in a survey this weekend! On Saturday we took off from Aberystwyth on board the Machipe to carry out a line transect survey in the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
After 4 hours of searching we saw a splash in the distance – we had dolphins! It was the first boat survey for our new volunteers, and it was all hands on deck as we counted the individuals, who were spread in all directions in small groups. Gradually the groups came together, giving us a total count of 12 bottlenose dolphins. There were many youngsters in the group, with 7 adults looking after 3 calves and 2 newborns! The sea surface was like glass, allowing us a perfect view of a mother and calf bow riding.
We carried on our survey, spotting several harbour porpoise and grey seals along the way. We were lucky enough to come across another 2 groups of bottlenose dolphins, bringing the total up to 27 dolphins, including our adoptable dolphin Flint!