25/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

26 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
4 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Between 10:00 and 10:15, a pod of 4 bottlenose dolphins were exhibiting leaping and splashing behaviour, due north of the harbour wall and northeast of the fish factory. 1 Atlantic grey seal was also observed throughout the survey; first travelling southeast from the harbour wall, and then bottling at the surface near the Cardinal buoy at the end of the survey.

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

A grey seal was spotted at several points through the survey, first travelling eastwards along the northern flank of the harbour wall from 11:45, and then bottling at the surface north of the harbour wall during the last 2 time intervals.

2 hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction variable – E/SE

No sightings

2 hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

5 bottlenose dolphins were seen during the first half hour of the survey, splashing and leaping at the surface before travelling eastwards towards the Cardinal buoy. A grey seal was spotted in the last hour of the survey, bottling just north of the harbour wall.

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24/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

25 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE
3 bottlenose dolphins

At around 10.15, 2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling East towards the cardinal buoy. These dolphins were seen for around half an hour and exhibited leaping behaviour. Another single bottlenose dolphin was spotted during the last 15 minutes of the survey, and was thought to be foraging at depth.

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 2, wind direction variable – NE/E/SE

No sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2, wind direction variable – NE/E/SE
4 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

In the second half of the survey, 4 bottlenose dolphins, one of which was a calf were seen leaping. These dolphins were then seen travelling round the headland and away from the survey area. 1 Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off Dolau beach, bottling.

2 hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE
2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout most of the survey, foraging and leaping. 1 female Atlantic grey seal was also travelling North, from the end of the harbour wall.

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23/10/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

24 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction variable – E/NE/N

3 bottlenose dolphins

 A group of 3 dolphins was seen around 10 am, travelling north east towards the fish factory, surfacing regularly.

 

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/fair, sea state 3/2, wind direction SE

4 bottlenose dolphins

 A group of 4 dolphins was seen off the fish factory, staying near the surface, around midday.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction E

3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 grey seal

 A group of 3 dolphins was seen around 2:15 pm, travelling west, surfacing regularly. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the last 15 minutes of the survey, staying around the surface, just off the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3 (briefly 4), wind direction NE

1 Atlantic  grey seal

 An Atlantic grey seal was seen in the middle of the next survey, again just off the harbour wall, likely the same female.

 

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22/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey. Start time 10:50
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
2 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey four female Atlantic grey seals were seen resting on the beach. A little further into the boat trip, one adult grey seal was seen in the water five meters from the boat. Towards the end of the survey another two adult dolphins were seen only 50 meters from the boat. They were seen traveling west and also displayed leaps while traveling.

2 hour survey. Start time 12:56
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 1-2 with glare
2 bottlenose dolphin and 1 Atlantic grey seal

During this two hour boat trip two dolphins were seen foraging. At the end of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.

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22/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

22/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction Var

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction E/SE
1 bottlenose dolphin

One adult dolphin was seen taking long, irregular dives during one 15 minute survey.

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

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
3 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

1 Atlantic grey seal was first spotted in the beginning of the survey, bottling 50m off Dolau beach. The same seal was seen again closer to the fish factory exhibiting the same behaviour. During the last 45 minutes of survey time 2 bottlenose dolphins were seen displaying side leaps and lunges out of the water, in the far distance. Another dolphin appeared, travelling towards the cardinal buoy. A second grey seal, identified as a male, was seen bottling near the harbour wall during the last half hour of the survey.

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21/10/2016: 25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

22 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8 hour survey. Start time 09:14

Weather conditions: Sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 4-6, with glare

25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

 

Within the first hour of the survey, 21 bottlenose dolphins were seen in three separate groups and including one juvenile and one calf.  Many came very close to the boat, and were seen bow-riding.  They were seen leaping, foraging, throwing fish around and playing with a large barrel jellyfish.  Four more dolphins were seen at around 1 o’clock, foraging, again very close to the boat.  At 2 o’clock, the boat approached a seal pupping beach on which 17 seals were seen in total, including 3 pups hauled out on the beach.  Throughout the survey, 24 more Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, bottling and swimming.  30 harbour porpoises were seen, generally in small groups or pairs, often only surfacing momentarily, for the duration of the survey.

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21/10/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals

22 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE

5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

One bottlenose dolphin was seen at the beginning of the survey undertaking long dives, and thought to be foraging.  Around an hour later, three dolphins were seen travelling from around the headland, and towards the cardinal marker.  They were then joined by a forth dolphin and they began leaping and tail slapping.  One Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming past the harbour wall.

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE

8 bottlenose dolphins

 

The four dolphins from the previous watch continued leaping and tail slapping in the middle of the bay, and were then joined by two more dolphins.  They remained in the bay, swimming back and forth, with some leaping and tail slapping.  .  Two more dolphins were also seen during the survey, swimming near the headland.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW

1 Atlantic grey seal

 

One male Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming near the harbour wall and bottling for around half an hour.  No other marine mammals were seen during this survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW

2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seals

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen slowly swimming at the surface near the cardinal buoy, and were also seen undertaking longer dives, potentially foraging.  One female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling beside harbour wall.

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20/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seal

21 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 bottlenose dolphin & 1 Atlantic grey seal

About 45 minutes into the survey a dolphin was spotted right by the wall – displaying travelling foraging behaviour. A seal was also seen at this point bottling next to the wall. It was also seen an hour later swimming across the front of the wall towards Dolau beach.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE/X
1 Atlantic grey seal

The lone seal was seen during the first half an hour of the survey just off Dolau beach. It is thought to be the same individual as in the previous survey and was identified as female.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction X
1 Atlantic grey seal

The female seal was spotted just before the end of the survey about 100m north of the harbour wall, travelling slowly towards the rocks by Dolau.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction N/NW
4 bottlenose dolphins

Early on in the survey the 4 dolphins were sighted in two separate groups near the cardinal buoy. They were travelling east with regular surfacing. One group included two adults with the other consisting of an adult and a juvenile. Soon after, two of the adults and the juvenile joined to create a different group. They then stayed around the cardinal buoy, displaying foraging and leaping behaviours until the end of the survey.

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20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

21 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

8 hour survey. Start time 09:22
Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

At the very beginning of our all day survey, an older seal pup was spotted in the water 50 metres from the boat. About 10 minutes later a bottlenose dolphin was seen right up close to the boat – it came within 20 metres. Another 10 minutes later and our third sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal, this time an adult identified as female. After a quiet few hours with only a barrel jellyfish sighting, at 13:09 a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted – including 2 juveniles. They were noted to be travelling east. A few hours’ later two harbour porpoise were seen only 40 metres from the boat, travelling in a westerly direction. Between this time and the conclusion of the survey at 17:16 – a single grey seal was seen in the water, as well as two dolphin sightings of 5 individual adults right at the end of the trip.

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19/10/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

20 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW

3 bottlenose dolphins

A total of three individual bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Each dolphin was observed on its own travelling through the harbour and foraging at depths during different periods of time.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW

6 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were observed during the 1100-1300 survey period with a maximum group size of three observed close to the harbour wall. The animals were observed feeding in various locations around the harbour and split, with some leaving the survey area, towards the end of the survey. One Atlantic grey seal was also observed close to the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 3, wind direction N/NW

2 bottlenose dolphins

Two lone bottlenose dolphins were observed through the middle period of the survey. The animals were seen foraging at depth to the North of the wall and also around the cardinal marker.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4, wind direction N/NW

1 Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was observed at the very beginning of the survey bottling just in front of the harbour wall.

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