Dolphin numbers are not in decline
1:42pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Letters
EARLIER this year, there were widespread Press reports that Cardigan Bay’s bottle-nosed dolphins had migrated to the waters of the Isle of Man.
Well, I can honestly say, as the owner of Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, on the corner of the Ceredigion coast at Gwbert-on-Sea near Cardigan, that we have not seen any drop in bottlenosed dolphin viewings from our safely-fenced cliffs this summer.
Only last week, visitors to our tourist attraction and new camping site told us excitedly that they had just been watching six dolphins frolicking 200 metres offshore for two hours, probably in pursuit of migratory salmon and sewin [sea trout] entering the nearby Teifi Estuary. (Our dolphins have impeccable culinary habits!).
One Swiss lady from Zurich visits us for a week every year just to sit alone on our low cliffs for six hours at a time, watching and photographing the resident grey seals and dolphins.
She has done so for about eight years.
She is here at the moment, being rewarded by the fact that the seals are pupping and that furry snow-white pups are lying on the rocks,waiting for mother’s rich milk.
Pups are born in September, weighing 30 pounds, but the milk is so rich that they will weigh about 80 or 90 pounds in three weeks time having by then moulted and grown a grey coat.
They will then be ready for weaning, so they will head into the sea.
The high pressure that is building will fortunately help the pupping and reduce mortality rates. It will also be conducive to camping and caravanning!
L J JENKINS Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert-on-Sea