THREE newborn dolphins have been spotted by scientists near New Quay during their annual survey - and the public are being given the chance to name one.
The Sea Watch Foundation welcomes volunteers from all over the world to assist on their Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project throughout the summer.
This year’s volunteer research assistant, Sonia Doblado from Spain, was in for a treat on Thursday morning when she headed out for a routine survey.
It’s not uncommon for the bay’s bottlenose dolphins to appear very close to the harbour wall in New Quay, but on this occasion six appeared seemingly out of nowhere and to Sonia’s astonishment one was a tiny newborn dolphin calf.
Sonia was particularly thrilled to witness the youngster feeding from its mother.
“I didn’t know where to look! There was so much happening all at the same time and I could not believe that I had the opportunity to witness a newborn calf being fed,” said Sonia.
And the Sea Watch Foundation will be running a competition to name one of the new dolphins on its social media sites.
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