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A dolphin jumping in the sea around Cardigan Bay

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is dedicated to conserving Cardigan Bay’s marine wildlife through education and research.

Based in a heritage building in the heart of New Quay, overlooking the beautiful beach and harbour, the centre has become the focus for marine research in the area.

We operate a popular visitor centre and work in conjunction with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips to collect data on the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay and other marine mammals that are regularly spotted, such as harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals and more unusual species such as basking sharks and sunfish.

Our visitor centre is free to enter and is open seven days a week between April and November. The facilities include interpretative and interactive displays showcasing the huge variety of marine wildlife found in Cardigan Bay, including an aquarium full of rock pool species. There’s also a gift shop area so that you can take home a souvenir of your time here.

The exhibits provide information on different themes such as the dolphins, seals and birds which can be spotted locally, the geology of the area and important issues surrounding pollution and sustainable fishing. There’s also information on how people can help protect the area and a sightings board which is updated daily with the latest local sightings, weather and tide information.

By booking your dolphin watching trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips you are supporting the research of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre as each trip carries a volunteer researcher from CBMWC.

Enjoy the dolphins, porpoise, seals and birds that visit this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline. Please note that sightings are not guaranteed as these are wild animals.

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