South Wales has a lot to offer, from coastal walks through Pembroke Castle to exploring Tintern Abbey. But what you might not know is that it also offers a superb place for dolphin spotting!
If you’re staying at our Quay West park, make sure you take a short, five minute drive to visit to the Main Pier in New Quay. From here, you can book a one or two hour cruise which will take you right out to Ynys Lochtyn, where you can spot all kinds of wildlife – from gannets to shearwaters, oystercatchers, puffins, seals… and you could even see some bottlenosed dolphins or porpoises!
New Quay generally has daily sightings of dolphins and porpoises between June and October, so if you’re planning to stay with us during this time at our Quay West park, be sure to check out Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips who make daily trips out along the beautiful coastline to Ynys Lochtyn 7 days a week. Ynys Lochtyn is home to the tallest cliff in Ceredigion and is one of the main feeding areas for dolphins. The views across the cliffs are stunning on a clear day, and offer great sights of Cardigan Bay.
Take a look at what kind of animals and sea creatures you can spot on the Dolphin Spotting Boat Trip:
Dolphins have been recorded diving to about 300M but will generally stay close to the surface for ease of breathing. Although Dolphins can hold a breath for 13 to 16 mins, they will usually surface every few minutes. They communicate by making very high pitched clicking and squeaking noises. They can also use these clicks and squeaks to stun their prey.
The harbour porpoise is the only member of the porpoise family found in European waters. It has a small, rounded head and is the smallest species of cetacean found in European waters, measuring around 1.2 –
Gannets are the largest of our seabirds, and can often reach to the size of a goose. Gathering in large numbers over the waves, they hunt by hovering over the water, turning and folding their wings before plummeting head first into the water to catch fish.
Shearwaters are a social species of birds, who flock together in hundreds to migrate and to feed. They are mysterious types of birds, as they live entirely at sea outside of breeding season and they currently claim the longest migration of any animal ever recorded!
These birds breed over most of the British coast. Oyster Catchers surprisingly do not eat oysters! Their diet predominantly includes cockles and muscles.
Puffins have the nickname of “Sea Parrots”, or “Clowns of the Sea”, and live off small fish such as herring, hake and sand eels. Puffins are incredible swimmers, and can dive down 60m under water in search of their favourite fish.
Atlantic Grey seals are what are predominantly spotted along the Welsh coast. These types of seals have a large robust body, short thick flippers with long slender claws and large heads. They spend most of their time out at sea where they feed on fish. They are easily spotted at the surface close to shore or ‘hauled out’ onto rocks and beaches to rest or digest their food.