Dolphins are highly sociable mammals, living together in groups or "pods" and communicating through high-pitched clicks or whistles. They hunt together too and if you're patient, you can sometimes catch one of these hunting packs as you watch from the shore. They can be high speed surface chases, with fish being thrown up into the air and acrobatic displays as the dolphins feed and play.
Dolphins can be seen from the shore along the length of Cardigan Bay
- from Cardigan to the Dyfi Estuary. The best locations, however, tend to be in the south of Ceredigion and the best times of year are April - September.
One of the most popular viewpoints is New Quay. A crowd gathered on the village quayside is often a sign that the dolphins are in. They come quite close to the harbour wall, feeding around a reef not far from shore.
Another good watching place is the New Quay lookout
, a renovated coastguard's hut overlooking Bird Rock
... so even if you don't see a dolphin, you're likely to see all kinds of seabirds here. The Chough
- Britain 's rarest crow - is a frequent visitor to these cliffs, as well as Razorbills