Dolphins in Conwy harbour as well as West Wales coast
Published: Friday 16th Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays visitors might be dolphin spotting on their next visit to North Wales. Dolphins are not an uncommon sight off the coast of Wales, particularly in the New Quay and Aberaeron area of West Wales. But recently, a pair of dolphins has been spotted in Conwy harbour, near Llandudno on the North Wales coast. Visitors on river boat trips saw the dolphins, which were seen swimming around boats moored in the River Conwy, about a mile from the sea. According to a local worker from the mussel plant, this is the first time they’d come so far upstream in the 50 years he’d been working on the river.
Seals are seen regularly in the estuary but the presence of dolphins is something new. The sightings come after experts warned that speedboats and water bikes being used in Cardigan Bay in Mid Wales may be driving dolphins over a hundred miles north to quieter waters in North Wales for longer periods of the year. While prey, changes in fish stock and other factors could be part of the reason, the Sea Watch Foundation said that there was concern that an increase in recreational boat use was having an effect.