Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast - Day2

I had not been unduly concerned about a change in the weather overnight, but still it was a relief to wake to a still and beautiful morning on our cliff top perch.
Launching from the base of the cliffs would have become interesting had the northerly breeze freshened.
As it was, we took the tents down early and then lazed in the sun, watching the dolphins play in the quiet bay below as we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast.
I'm not sure it gets much better, although I wished for a longer lens to capture the scenes below.
Back on the water, yesterday's low swell had eased although there was still enough movement in the water to enjoy some gentle rock hopping.
Dramatic rock architecture kept the interest high...
...and turning a small headland we entered this giant slot, the cave running almost 100m back into the cliffs.
Shortly after, back in the sun we turned about, to head past Ynys Lochtyn once more...
...where the dolphins were waiting. We paddled out of the flow around the headland and drifted quietly on with the tide as a mother and calf surfaced repeatedly nearby.
A tour boat was also enjoying the show, but apparently not our presence, the skipper rudely shouting that we should keep 50m away from the dolphins.
In fact we were significantly more than 50m away from the closest when we had started to drift with the tide, but no sooner were the words out of his mouth then one boisterous individual leaped clear of the water no more than a few yards from Brian's bow. No one it seemed, had bothered to tell the dolphins to keep their distance.
I pondered various replies to the arrogant skipper but held my tongue and after a short while the boat's engines roared as he sped away, to the next dolphin hot spot on his list no doubt.
My elation only slightly dampened by the self righteous tour boat skipper, we paddled slowly on, off shore now, enjoying the low lazy swell and long views along the cliffs.
A sudden commotion ahead had me alert once more: a tail hitting the surface, the dark flank and fin, and then the massive girth of a 4m dolphin leaping clear of the water...
...difficult to capture (from approximately 100m) and hard to predict where they will appear next but I was more than pleased with this shot and I will remember that moment for many years to come.
Beneath the strong afternoon sun we headed on with the tide, off shore at first and then close in, using the flow as best we could...
...occasionally entering rock gardens at the base of the cliffs...
...watched with indifference by the grey seals until, having surfed through through the channel behind Cardigan Island, and enjoyed the last of the rock gardens...
...we entered the estuary, surfing small waves over the bar to bring to an end one of the best trips I have been lucky enough to enjoy in Wales.


Richard said…
Brilliant photos talk about being in the right place at the right time.
It amazes how the boat skipper sped off especially as there were Dolphins around which were obviously swimming near the surface.
Apparently there have been a few Porpoises especially young ones washed up dead with large gashes out of them possibly from propellors.