As New Quay enjoys a surprisingly calm day, the dolphins come out to play. A group of two adults and two calves were seen swimming between the cardinal buoy and the pier and appeared to be feeding. One pair was identified as Chris and her calf Tigger, who is now old enough to swim a little further away from mum.
The other adult was Voldermort, named when it was spotted and photographed (see photo below) killing a harbour porpoise in Cardigan Bay. This is thought to occur because both species have the same prey and that the dolphins might try to eliminate the competition when food is scarce. Voldermort was first seen in 2003 and until now has never been seen with a calf so thought to be male, however today she was spotted with a newborn calf! We do not decide whether it is definitely female until it has been seen with a calf three times but as it was a very young newborn without any other adult dolphins close by it seems likely that it is hers!
Keep reading this blog to find out about the dolphins seen in Cardigan Bay!