16/09/2016: No boat surveys

20 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

Due to there being a high sea state and wind level, no boats went out. Unfortunately therefore no boat surveys were undertaken

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19/09/2016: One bottlenose dolphin spotted and two Atlantic grey seals

20 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 3-5, wind direction NW

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 4, wind direction N

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted around 150m North of the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 3, wind direction N

Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted around the same area as the previous one, seen to be travelling East with regular surfacing.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW

The same Atlantic grey seal was spotted from the previous land survey. It was thought to be foraging at a large depth throughout the entire land survey just slightly West of the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted towards the end of the survey around 200m North of the harbour wall, thought to be foraging at depth.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull sea state 3, wind direction N/NW

No sightings

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18/09/2016: Eleven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

19 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE

2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the survey. One was only spotted briefly and was thought to be travelling, whilst the other was milling around at the surface for over an hour. One female Atlantic grey seal was spotted and was thought to be bottling.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

4 bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the end of the survey travelling from East to West, north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW

2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 adult and 1 juvenile were spotted travelling from East to West. Another bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling towards the group of 2 dolphins. The dolphins were then seen to be leaping, and performing tail slaps. These dolphins stayed around for the rest of the survey but split up again into 2 groups and were seen to be travelling and circling slowly at times.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W/SW

1 bottlenose dolphin was spotted during the survey. It was identified as being Vader, and he was seen travelling and then was thought to be foraging.

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17/09/2016: No boats went out due to sea state

18 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

No boats went out on the 17/09/16 due to the sea state being 4-5, no sightings recorded as a result.

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16/09/2016: No boats went out due to sea state

18 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

Due to sea state 4-5 no boats went out, no boat sightings recorded.

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17/09/2016: Eight bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

18 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull, sea state 4, wind direction N

One seal was recorded during the survey. Thought to be swimming at the surface just in front of the harbour wall. As well as one bottlenose dolphin was spotted NE of the harbour wall, seemed to be leaping and mingling at the surface.

 
2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction N

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in total within the 2 hour survey. A group of two dolphins were spotted initially travelling SE and then thought to be foraging. A single dolphin also spotted NE of the harbour wall, also thought to be foraging with long dives and irregular surfacing.

 
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny, sea state 2-1, wind direction NW

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted together, thought to be foraging at depth.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction N

One Atlantic grey seal spotted, as well as 3 bottlenose dolphins within the two hour survey slot. Single bottlenose dolphin initially spotted milling around the surface. With another two spotted later on in the survey NE of harbour wall showing similar activity to the previous bottlenose dolphin.

 
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW

One bottlenose dolphin spotted N of harbour wall thought to be travelling, was only spotted briefly.

 
2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW

One Atlantic grey seal spotted milling around the surface.

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16/09/2016: Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

17 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three dolphins were seen progressing rapidly towards the northeast, approximately north of the harbour wall. They seemed to leap and splash in the waves. They were seen once during the survey within the first half hour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW

No sightings

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

One female seal was seen bottling, northwest of the harbour wall in the first 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction N

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 4, wind direction NW

No sightings

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15/09/2016: 12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 barrel jellyfish

16 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

15/09/2016: 12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 barrel jellyfish

2 hour survey. Start time 15:40
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 3-8 with and without glare
12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 barrel jellyfish

During the trip, all seal sightings were seen within half an hour of each-other. Firstly, a total of 6 seals were seen in the area together: 2 females were seen swimming while 2 other females were seen resting on the land – with 2 new born seal pups. The next sighting was of an adult female in the water, while the third sighting included a female and also another seal pup hauled out onto the land. Lastly, a single adult seal was spotted also in the water.
As well as the seals, two barrel jellyfish were seen in the water during the first half hour of the survey.

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15/09/2016: Ten bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

16 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

15/09/2016: Ten bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The dolphins were seen foraging near to New Quay headland – they stayed around the area for almost half of the survey. A seal was also seen bottling near to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW/W

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction N/none
Four bottlenose dolphins

An hour into the survey, a dolphin was seen foraging about 400 metres off the harbour wall. A short while later, three more dolphins including a juvenile were also spotted travelling into the area from the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE/none
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen mingling at the surface by the headland and also by the cardinal marker – they looked to be following prey. Nearer to the end of the survey one grey seal was seen bottling in the water by the wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction NW
One Atlantic grey seal

The female seal was seen for an hour during the middle of the survey – swimming around by the rocks near Dolau beach and the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2/3, wind direction NW
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two seals were recorded during the survey. One was thought to be the same as the previous survey; seen resting on the surface; while the other (also a female) was spotted just a few metres north of the harbour wall in the water.

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14/09/2016: Five Atlantic grey seals

15 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

14/09/2016: Five Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction SE
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen briefly mid-way through the survey at 08:00, in front of the Harbour Wall, travelling from West to East

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were spotted during the survey, one at the beginning at 09:00 and another at the end at 10:45 just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE/NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

Two Atlantic grey seals were seen during the survey. One was spotted at 17.15 in front of the harbour wall and was seen diving and resurfacing. The second was seen at the end of the survey travelling away from the harbour wall.

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