FC: Dolphins in Wales | June 7th - August 28th 2010
2: Fun with Helen in Newcastle, England | May 31st-June 7th
3: The Blue Reef Aquarium
6: The Sights Around New Quay
10: My Duties at Sea Watch | tea drinking | searching for dolphins in style | photographing dolphins
11: Ermol trips | land watches | fundraising | data entry | cormorant rescues
12: First Dedicated Survey | On June 20th we got to go out on our first dedicated survey. The purpose of the survey is to photograph the dolphins and note their location and behaviour. We are the only group in the area that has a photo-id license, which allows us to get as close to them as we need. We left the harbour at 9:00am and the sea was like glass. We immediately met up with 3 dolphins milling about. This was my first up close encounter with a bottlenose, and my first chance to appreciate their 4 meter length. The water was so clear you could see them gracefully swimming beneath it. Watching them like that felt like a glimpse into their private world. After we got enough id photos of them we moved on and quickly ran into a new set of dolphins. These ones were having a blast with lots of acrobatics. We found a third group a little bit later. These ones didn't splash around as much, but there were 14 of them so we were pretty much surrounded, and they had a calf with them. The calves are about half the size of the adults, so 2m(6 feet) long, and a lighter gray colour. I was a little shutter happy, and ended up taking over 800 photos, This was the best survey in all my three months with Sea Watch.
14: Fun with Friends!