13/10/2014- Atlantic grey seals

14 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions:  fair/overcast/rain, sea state 3/4, wind N
Three Atlantic grey seals

Seals were spotted at the beginning of the survey near the harbour wall however no further sightings occurred half an hour into the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 5. Wind W/SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 5, wind N
One Atlantic grey seal

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind W/SW
One Atlantic grey seal

A male seal was spotted in the water near the fish factory towards the beginning of the survey, however no further sightings occurred.

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12/10/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise

13 October 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sea state 2/3, Visibility >10km, Light swell
24 bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

Early in the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen off New Quay headland. This group included one calf and were foraging and leaping, and were soon joined by five more adults.  Further down the coast and a couple of kilometers offshore a single harbour porpoise was briefly spotted. Later in the survey in the bay off Aberporth a large number of dolphins were seen, with 14 adults, two calves and a juvenile foraging, leaping, feeding and socialising around the bay. On the return to New Quay bay another dolphin was seen from a distance.

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12/10/14: Bottlenose dolphins and atlantic grey seals

13 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind SW
12 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a single atlantic grey seal was seen in the water off Traeth Gwyn. Shortly afterwards and for the remainder of the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the bay, with two adults splashing and jumping close to the harbour wall early on, and towards the end of the survey as many as 12 dolphins were in the bay, including two calves, with behaviours of foraging and jumping and chasing prey.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind E
16 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey eight bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. Shortly afterwards more animals entered the bay leaving six adult dolphins and one calf foraging near the cardinal buoy, and six more adults in the bay north of the harbour wall. Dolphins remained in the bay for the rest of the survey, with five in front of the harbour wall, and five near the cardinal buoy by the end of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-4, wind N
Four bottlenose dolphins

During the first hour of the survey four individual bottlenose dolphins came and went in the bay, all foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 4-2, wind N
Three bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen in the first three quarters of the survey, with three bottlenose dolphins foraging and leaping in the bay north of the harbour wall.

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11/10/14-bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

12 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions:  fair/overcast, sea state 1/2, wind S
Six bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were present throughout the whole survey, including a mother and calf pair. Foraging behaviour was seen for most of the dolphins, who were located close to the harbour wall as well as near to the fish factory. The mother and calf remained close to the wall for the majority of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1. Wind S/SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind S/SSW
One Atlantic grey seal

Towards the end of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen to be eating a fish close to the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The second half of the survey saw three bottlenose dolphins displaying tail slaps and leaps near to the cardinal buoy and another individual was seen by the fish factory, travelling towards the group. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted by the fish factory, later travelling out towards the cardinal buoy.

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10/10/14- bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

11 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 09:00
Weather conditions- sunny/fair/rain, sea state 1-3, wind S
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey three dolphins were seen foraging near the fish factory. Several dolphins then joined this possible group at the fish factory pushing the total up to six. Another individual was seen near the cardinal buoy. the same dolphins remained in the bay for the most of the survey- mostly foraging near the fish factory. A grey seal was spotted near the factory as well in the last section of the survey.

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00
Weather conditions- overcast/sunny, sea state 2, wind S

No sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00
Weather conditions- sunny/fair/overcast/sun & showers, sea sate 2, wind S/SW

No sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00
Weather conditions- fair/overcast/rain/sunny
Four bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey, including two foraging near the cardinal buoy and an individual remaining near the fish factory.

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09/10/14- bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

10 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 09:00
Weather conditions- sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind SW/S/SSW/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey one grey seal and three dolphins were sighted foraging and travelling W near the pier.  In the middle of the survey two dolphins were sighted mingling and travelling towards the fish factory.  One dolphin was also sighted leaping to the left of the cardinal buoy.  Towards the end of the survey two dolphins were seen foraging and leaping between the cardinal buoy and the pier.

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00
Weather conditions- mist/overcast/sunny, sea state 3, wind SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey one female grey seal was sighted swimming near the pier.  In the middle of the survey three dolphins, including one calf were sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00
Weather conditions- sunny/fair/overcast, sea sate 2, wind S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey three dolphins were sighted foraging and mingling to the left of the cardinal buoy.  In the last 15 minutes of the survey, one dolphin was sighted foraging near the pier and a mother and calf were sighted travelling towards the pier.

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00
Weather conditions- fair/overcast/rain/sunny
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey a mother and calf were sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy and one dolphin was seen foraging in front of the pier.  In the middle of the survey two dolphins were sighted offshore leaping and foraging.  Towards the end of the survey two dolphins were sighted foraging near the pier.

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08/10/14- bottlenose dolphins & Atlantic grey seals

09 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09.00
Weather conditions- sun & showers/mist/rain, sea state 2, wind SE
12 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey ten bottlenose dolphins including two calves were sighted leaping, foraging and travelling W near the cardinal buoy and harbour.  In the middle of the survey six bottlenose dolphins were sighted leaping and foraging near the cardinal buoy and one grey seal was seen in the harbour.  Towards the end of the survey 12 bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping near the pier and cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather Conditions- rain/overcast, sea state 2/3, wind SE/S
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging just to the left of the cardinal buoy, and one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging offshore.  In the middle of the survey one grey seal was seen near the pier and one dolphin was sighted foraging and travelling E.

2hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions- rain/fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1/2, wind S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

No sightings until the second half of the survey, when four dolphins including one calf were sighted leaping near the fish factory.  Towards the end of the survey a mother and calf were sighted travelling NW.

2hr survey. Start time 17.00
Weather conditions- sunny/fair, sea state 2/3, wind S/SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey three dolphins were sighted foraging and travelling west near the fish factory.  Whilst near the pier one grey seal and one dolphin were sighted foraging near the pier.  In the middle of the survey seven dolphins including two calves were sighted leaping, foraging and travelling west near the pier and cardinal buoy.  At the end of the survey one dolphin was sighted foraging near the fish factory.

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07/10/14- bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal.

08 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind W/WSW
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two dolphins were sighted travelling towards the pier and one was seen mingling near the surface.  Towards the middle of the survey three groups of dolphins were sighted near the pier, cardinal buoy and beach mingling and leaping.  Towards the end of the survey four dolphins were sighted travelling NW towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind W

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/rain, sea state 3/4, Wind W/WSW/SW
One Atlantic grey seal

2hr Survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 2, Wind SW.
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the end of the survey one dolphin was sighted leaping near the pier.  At the end of the survey one dolphin was sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy.

One Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling NW towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 17.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2/3, Wind SE/S/SSW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two dolphins were sighted foraging and leaping in the harbour.  Towards the end of the survey two dolphins were sighted foraging in the harbour and three dolphins were seen leaping and circling fast at the surface near the pier.

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06/10/2014- bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and sunfish

07 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain/sun & showers, sea state 1 / 2, wind SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with a mother and calf foraging near the cardinal buoy the entire length of the survey. One seal was spotted near the fish factory in the middle of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The same mother and calf seen in the previous survey were still foraging near the cardinal buoy at the beginning of this survey. One curious grey seal surfaced near the fish factory were eight surfers were. Right at the end of the survey, three additional dolphins appeared to join the mother and calf and were seen tail slapping and leaping.

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-4, wind NW/SW/SE
Nine bottlenose dolphins

A couple of dolphins, possibly the mother and calf seen early were foraging near the cardinal buoy at the beginning of the survey. Towards the end of the survey, nine dolphins were spotted, all travelling NE towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind SW/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one sunfish

At the beginning of the survey a mother and calf were seen foraging near the fish factory. Shortly after, two more dolphins appeared, as well as a sunfish. The sunfish remained for around half an hour, just off from the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2-4, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

No sightings until the second half of the survey when five bottlenose dolphins were seen, all foraging near the cardinal buoy. Two groups of mother and calves made up the group compositions. One grey seal was seen towards the end of the survey, foraging and travelling off towards the fish factory.

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05/10/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

06 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: fair-overcast, sea state 1 / 2, wind SE/S

Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

During the first hour of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water travelling towards the fish factory. At the start of the second hour, two bottlenose dolphins believed to be a mother and calf were observed leaping and foraging near to the fish factory. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the pier.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00

Weather conditions: fair & overcast, sea state 1, wind S/SE

One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen during the second hour in the water a short distance from New Quay pier.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast & rain, sea state 1, wind S/SW

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast & fair, sea state 1, wind SSW-SSE

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: fair-overcast, sea state 1, wind SSE-ESE

One Atlantic grey seal

During the first hour, an Atlantic grey seal thought to be female was seen in the water near the pier.

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