The stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay has the largest population of dolphins in Europe and, on National Dolphin Day, is the best place to spot one. It boasts more than 60 miles (96km) of coast, 30 beaches and a bottle nosed dolphin population of more than 250.
Bottlenose Dolphins grow to around 4 meters in length and can weigh more than 400 kilos.
They live for more than 40 years and produce only one calf in three years. They cruise at around 10km / hour with a maximum speed of 40km / hour.
Trips depart from New Quay on the west coast of Wales.
are present all year round, along with the Harbour porpoise who is
also a frequent visitor to the area. The coastline between New Quay
and Cardigan has always been noted for its marine wildlife
which also includes grey seals. During the summer months sun fish
are also regular visitors.
It is possible to spot dolphins almost anywhere as you explore the beautiful coast of Cardigan Bay. The best places to observe them are:
Remember dolphins are wild free ranging animals so there is no guarantee of a sighting. May to November are the best months. The best times being early morning, evening and immediately after high tide.
The New Quay Dolphin Monitoring Group have been observing dolphins in order to learn how they use their remarkable sound faculties as a sensory tool, a hunting weapon and a means of communication. Please download a copy of the Ceredigion Marine Code [PDF] which details how to protect Cardigan Bay dolphins, seals and porpoises.