20/06/2016: One Atlantic grey seal

21 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/06/2016: One Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 10:44
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km, moderate swell
One Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near the end of the survey.

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19/06/2016: 8 Bottlenose Dolphins & 5 Atlantic Grey Seals

20 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:42
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, light/moderate swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

Just a few minutes after the boat survey began, three bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) were observed around 60 metres away from the boat and were leaping, tail-slapping and milling around the surface. Near Ynys Lochtyn, another four bottlenose dolphins (including a juvenile) were seen taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. A gannet was also seen diving and hovering around this group of dolphins. During the second hour, another bottlenose dolphin was also observed taking long dives and thought to be foraging. Towards the end of the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was observed hauled out on the rocks. Shortly afterwards, a group of four Atlantic grey seals (three females, one male) were also sighted near Bird Rock, two of which were hauled out on the rocks and two in the water.

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19/06/2016: 29 Bottlenose Dolphins & 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

20 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state: 1, wind direction: S/SE
7 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the bay for almost the entire survey period. Three dolphins (including a calf) were observed travelling around the harbour area near the fish factory, before taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. Shortly after, another two bottlenose dolphins (one of which a calf) were seen travelling into the harbour and were also thought to be foraging at depth. At the beginning of the second survey hour, two more bottlenose dolphins were observed in the bay near the harbour wall and were seen displaying a range of behaviours including milling around the surface and foraging.

 

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state: 1, wind direction: S/SW
10 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins (including a few calves) were present in the bay for the entire duration of this survey and were displaying a range of behaviours. Many were seen taking long dives beneath the surface near the fish factory headland, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. There were also a few dolphins near to the cardinal marker that were observed milling around at the surface, leaping and tail-slapping.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state: 0/1, wind direction: S/SE
5 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the bay for almost the entire survey period. Towards the beginning of the survey, three dolphins were seen travelling east into the harbour area and another two bottlenose dolphins also appeared to be splashing, leaping and milling around at the surface near the headland at this time. Half-way through the survey period, a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were observed taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state: 1/2, wind direction: S/SE
4 bottlenose dolphins

A group of four bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) were seen in the harbour for the entire duration of this survey period. The first hour allowed observations of travelling behaviour around the bay, whilst the second hour involved some long dives beneath the surface (thought to be foraging at depth). Towards the end of the survey, three of the dolphins (including the calf) were observed splashing, leaping and milling around at the water surface.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state: 1, wind direction: SE
3 bottlenose dolphins & 1 Atlantic grey seal

During the first hour of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins (including a juvenile) were observed near the headland taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. Towards the end of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water near to the harbour wall.

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18/06/2016: Twenty bottlenose dolphins and six Atlantic grey seals

19 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light-moderate swell
Six bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

On the way down the coast towards Ynys-Lochtyn, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. On arrival at Ynys-Lochtyn, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and socialising. A further two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the second half of the survey just off the Ceredigion coastline, one seen in the water and one female Atlantic grey seal hauled out on a rock. On return to New Quay bay, four bottlenose dolphins, among them a mother and calf, were seen just before the end of the survey, leaping and foraging. A peregrine falcon was observed flying above Birds Rock on return to New Quay, as well as a variety of birdlife including fulmars, gannets, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, and herring gulls.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, moderate swell
Fourteen bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

About halfway into the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging off Ynys-Lochtyn. In the following ten minutes, three more groups, encompassing six bottlenose dolphins, were spotted off the coast by Ynys-Lochtyn, foraging, milling, leaping, and bow-riding the survey boat. On the way back to New Quay, three Atlantic grey seals, two males and one female, were spotted in the water over a course of 20 minutes. Shortly before the end of the survey period, two groups of each two bottlenose dolphins were seen off the headland by New Quay bay, foraging, leaping, and bow-riding. Again a variety of birds were observed throughout the survey including a peregrine falcon, a buzzard, great black-backed gulls, gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes, cormorants, razorbills, guillemots, and herring gulls with chicks.

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18/06/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

19 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins were seen near New Quay pier, thought to be foraging. Some disappeared or were seen near the Llanina reef, while one bottlenose dolphin stayed close to the harbour wall. Later in the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen between harbour wall and pier, with a mother and calf seen during the last half hour, thought to be foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction N-NE
Five bottlenose dolphins

The mother and calf from the previous survey stayed close to New Quay pier for about half an hour, still thought to be foraging, before disappearing. Towards the end of the survey period, a mother and calf were again seen by New Quay harbour wall, travelling in a north-westerly direction. Three bottlenose dolphins, also including a mother and calf, were observed foraging by the cardinal marker until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction N-NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

In the first hour of this survey, a mother and calf pairing was observed between harbour wall and cardinal marker, thought to be foraging. In the second half of the survey, up to six bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, were observed leaping, tail slapping, and displaying splashy behaviour between headland and cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Throughout this survey, bottlenose dolphins were again seen. At the beginning of this survey, five bottlenose dolphins were observed by the cardinal marker. A group of four was seen leaping and splashing, while a single bottlenose dolphin was thought to be foraging. Later, the group was seen to split up, with bottlenose dolphins seen travelling and taking long dives between headland and cardinal marker. Two mother and calf pairings were seen and towards the end of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted very close to the harbour wall. One Atlantic grey seal was also spotted halfway through the survey period in the water off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W-NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey, two bottlenose dolphins were still observed foraging and travelling close to the harbour wall. They gradually disappeared and one dolphin was seen between headland and cardinal marker for the next half hour. About halfway through the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was again seen slowly travelling past the harbour wall towards the headland, where up to seven bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, were later seen foraging and displaying splashy behaviour, such as leaping.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction W-NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen by the headland, travelling off in a westerly direction, thought to be searching for prey on the move. The last sighting of dolphins was made about half an hour later, with two bottlenose dolphins seen taking long dives near the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

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17/06/2016: 1 bottlenose dolphin

18 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N/NW
No Sightings

No sightings.

2h survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 3/4, wind direction NW
No Sightings

No sightings.

2h survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N/NW
No Sightings

No sightings.

2h survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 4, wind direction NW
No Sightings

No sightings.

2h survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3/4, wind direction N/NW
One bottlenose dolphin

A single adult was spotted during the first half hour of the survey, travelling slowly it swam close to the harbour wall and afterwards towards the cardinal buoy. It was then spotted once more about 15 minutes later where it exited the bay past the fish factory, surfacing regularly.

2h survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 4/5, wind direction N/NW
No Sightings

No sightings.

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16/06/2016: Thirteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

17 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Ten bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

All throughout this survey, bottlenose dolphins were seen. At the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. A further two dolphins were spotted in the bay by the harbour, also thought to be foraging, and then travelling along the shore. Midway through the survey period, six bottlenose dolphins were seen by the cardinal marker, being very active, leaping and tail slapping. They were joined by a group of four bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, still leaping and splashing. The group dispersed after a while, with bottlenose dolphins seen between headland and cardinal marker, travelling and foraging. A female Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the water off the harbour wall in the last 15 minutes of this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction N-NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey period, four of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were still to be seen between harbour wall and cardinal marker, travelling and foraging. The female Atlantic grey seal also remained in the area for the first minutes. The bottlenose dolphins were shortly joined by another dolphin, before disappearing from view. Towards the end of the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. It was joined by a second bottlenose dolphin and the pair was seen travelling just north of the harbour wall before returning to the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N-NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

The two bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained in the area for the first 15 minutes, before disappearing from view. They were seen taking long dives by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction N-NW
One bottlenose dolphin

Halfway through the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling in a south-westerly direction just north of the harbour wall. It came very close to the harbour, before travelling off in a northerly direction and disappearing from view.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 5, wind direction N-NW

No sightings.

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14/06/2016: 3 Bottlenose Dolphins & 2 Atlantic Grey Seals

15 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: mist (visibility <1km), sea state: 2, wind direction: NW
3 bottlenose dolphins & 1 Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were observed in the bay during the entire survey period. Two dolphins were first sighted near the cardinal marker and were taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. One male (bull) Atlantic grey seal was also seen near the headland by the fish factory during this time. One of the bottlenose dolphins then travelled out to sea in a North-Eastern direction and meanwhile, the other dolphin joined a third individual that appeared in the bay. These two bottlenose dolphins then travelled towards the headland where they proceeded to take long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state: 2, wind direction: SW
1 Atlantic grey seal 

No dolphins were sighted during this survey however, one male (bull) Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water towards the end of the survey period.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state: 2/3, wind direction: SW
No sightings

No marine mammals were sighted during this survey however, a few sea bird species were observed including herring gulls, great black-backed gulls and cormorants.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state: 3, wind direction: S
No sightings

No marine mammals were sighted during this survey.

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13/06/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

14 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, moderate swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

Just few minutes after the leave, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted travelling towards West direction, 180 meters away from the boat. Few minutes late, other two dolphins were spotted near the birds rock, while they were travelling. Probably, they wanted to join to another group that was foraging just in front birds rock, 100 meters away from the boat. The group was composed by four adults and one juvenile. At 11:14, two dolphins (mother and juvenile) came closer to the boat and showed bowriding behaviour. Before the return trip, one bottlenose dolphins was spotted foraging 400 meters away from the boat.

During the boat survey, six Atlantic grey seals (3 females and one male confirmed) were seen in the water.

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13/06/2016: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

14 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW/N/NW

Five bottlenose dolphins

 

Almost the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging at the deep around the fishery factory. Then they started to travel towards the open sea (ENE direction). Midday of the survey, two groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted. The first group was coming from the sea and travelling towards the fishery factory. The second group was sighted near the cardinal buoy and started to travel towards the harbour wall. During the next 15 minutes the two groups joined together for a while, then they splinted again and took different directions. Two of them travelled fast towards the cardinal buoy, while one individual remained to foraging at depth near the fishery factory for the rest of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE/N

Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

Around 11:15, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging at depth around the fishery factory. They stayed there for half an hour before disappear. After a while, a couple of bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging to the depth in fishery factory area. The next 15 minutes a juvenile joined to the group to feed as well. Meanwhile one Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming between the buoys line, headed to fishery factory. The bottlenose dolphins started to travelling in East direction. They dove for a long, surfacing at irregular intervals, thought to be searching for prey while on the move.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction E/SE

Four bottlenose dolphins

 

The previous three sighted bottlenose dolphins kept their presence straight for the whole survey. Two dolphins were foraging at depth around the cardinal buoy, while one individual was travelling in West direction. The next 15 minutes, a juvenile joined to the couple that was staying around the cardinal buoy and, all together, started to travelling towards the fishery factory. After reached it, all the dolphins were stopping just in front the factory. There they were foraging at depth and chasing their prey on the surface. A fish were seen jumped out from the water. After that the group were splinted and only two dolphins stayed in the study area. One individual kept to stay around the fishery factory, looking for preys in the deep, while the other dolphins travelling along the buoys line, searching for preys during on the move, before disappearing. In the middle of the survey only one individual didn’t leave the study area, kept going to foraging at the deep around the fishery factory. At the and of the survey, the individual started to travelling slowly towards the cardinal buoy, looking for preys while on the move.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction NW/NE/N

Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

At the beginning of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling towards the fishery factory, searching for preys at the deep along the way. Half an hour late, two bottlenose dolphins joined to the alone one and they were foraging at depth in fishery factory area. Meanwhile, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted mating in deep waters in front of the harbour wall.

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