Monday, 29 September 2014


Several porpoise off Strumble, Pen Anglas and Dinas Head on Saturday

A pod of 3 and another individual in Newport Bay yesterday morning

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

More Risso's from Strumble

From Wdig Birder, Strumble Head Seawatching... 

Still struggling with any birds due to the unhelpful weather conditions, but did manage 31 Common Scoter & a flock of approx. 60 Meadow Pipits came in together off the sea. The excitement was 5 Risso's Dolphins that came through ( 2 & 3 ), although both groups went straight through West without stopping. 

Just had Adrian on the phone, he says the first two were a adult/mother(?) and juvenile. The second group of three were all large adults. It has been a phenomenal year for Risso's around the Strumble/Fishguard Bay area, long may it continue!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Towards Grassholm from SashTusa

A nice pod of 20+ Common Dolphins found yesterday afternoon, halfway between St Anne's Head and Skokholm. As many as every other adult had a calf, some of which were tiny!
Then two adults between Skokholm and Grassholm, which did NOT want to play with us, but steamed across our bow.

An interesting question that has been asked by some people who have lived and sailed in the area for a long time is why we seem to be getting more dolphins close inshore, rather than just in the Celtic Deep. Clearly, increased observer effort may be an element of the greater number of sightings (this blog may be a very valuable catalyst in this respect) but some people have seen more dolphins inshore in the last 2-3 years than the previous 10-20. There may genuinely be more dolphins,but may the distribution (or amount) of food also have changed, forcing them closer?

From Andy /Cartlett lady!

hi cliff/hannah
we had a  day out  with my family, seems they have to listen to stories of dolphins etc etc but rarely see them,
so yesterday we saw 50 to 100 common dolphins, the larger animals feeding in the distance
with smaller groups of mother calf pairs calling in for bowride lessons 
gannets overhead sun out a perfect first encounter for one of our group
how far out? 
only a stones throw from Skokholm 
 weather f3/4 wind over tide 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Risso last Sunday evening from Edward Hughes

Edward had a single Risso's Dolphin just outside Fishguard Harbour last Sunday as well as three or four Porpoises in Fishguard Bay. Incredibly we have had sightings of Risso's right through the year around the Fishguard /Strumble are with other sightings from around the Pembrokeshire Islands Throughout the summer/autumn.There can be very few areas where Risso's are so often seen from the shore...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Porpoise reports from Wdig Birder and Frank Needle...

Frank Needle, a keen kayaker from Lancashire, popped in to the Ocean Lab to report seeing at least eight porpoises feeding off Abercastle last evening at about 6 pm. He also reported seeing masses of Whitebait being harassed by mackerel of Cwm Tyddu up the coast the other side of Cardigan.

According to local fishermen, mackerel have been scarce this summer so lets hope this is an upturn.

Wdig Birder (Adrian Rodger) reports from Strumble,  " Out to sea a large number of Porpoises in evidence possibly up to 50 feeding in the tide race between 2 & 3 p.m. on the rising tide." Speaking to him yesterday, he described the scene as "Porpoise Soup"  (an expression I seem to remember being coined by our old mate Elfyn Pugh!) which given the right conditions is not an uncommon occurrence at Strumble! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Whoops! another Leatherback and Dolphins off Ramsey

  Hi All

 After  a morning recording two hours of Common Dolphin (50+) activity  as close as 400m  from St David's Head passing by towards Ramsey island and then turned back  North again ,myself and Malcolm by chance met up again later to see out the end of the day at Newport beach to sight a Leatherback Turtle basking 25m from the shore in our warm shallow sea at 18.00.The head and carapace showed clearly above the water for 5 mins and then it was just the head high out of the water for another 15mins.It remained close to shore for a total of 20 mins before being disturbed by a curious boat owner at which point it flipped smartly sideways with a flash and splash from it's flipper and then  retreated to a  800m distance and remained there for another 45 mins looking for all the world like a bottling Seal.Lovely day .Good memory .No photo !

  Keep looking

 Nick Mc

Oh you lucky boyos! my only Leatherbacks have been distant or dead! cliff

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Leatherback sighting from Graham Turner

Convinced we saw a leatherback from  Pwll Deri too, about 2 weeks ago, as evening fell. No pics sadly, but three witnesses.


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Basker from Mike Russell'''.

Mike Russell 

Attachments18:50 (18 hours ago)
to me
Basking Shark spotted on 13/9/14 at 16.30 on the headland at Abermawr .


Thanks for this Mike, for some reason Basker's appear to be relatively uncommon here in Pembrokeshire so this confirmed sighting is most welcome! cliff

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Marion at Gwbert

Just had a call from Sea Trust supporter, Marion who tells me she is currently sat watching at least four Bottles at Gwbert on the Teifi Estuary! Apparently four of them including a mum and calf as well as two other adults!