16/11/15: Bottlenose Dolphins

16 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair mostly with occasional slight rain, sea state 4 easing later to 3 in harbour with 4 off shore, wind direction SW
8 Bottlenose Dolphins

Two dolphins were seen foraging near the Cardinal Buoy at the start of the survey and remained in that area for at least half an hour. After 09:30 a fishing boat was seen returning to the harbour with three dolphins bow riding. They stayed with the boat into the harbour, then turned and travelled back to the Cardinal Buoy. They remained in the area of the buoy foraging for the following 45 mins when at least one was seen travelling towards the fish factory. At around 10.30 five dolphins appeared close to the harbour wall alongside two kayaks. The group included one calf and one juvenile. They were very active with short dives and fast circling at the surface. At the end of the survey period the group was seen dispersing, leaving the immediate area of the harbour wall.

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12/11/15: Bottlenose Dolphins

12 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, rain at end of survey, sea state 3 to 5 off shore, wind direction SE
9 Bottlenose Dolphins

A solitary dolphin was seen near the Cardinal Buoy at the start of the survey remaining in the area between the buoy and the reef for about half an hour. Fifteen minutes into the survey a group of dolphins was observed off the fish factory foraging at depth. There was significant bird activity within the same area as the dolphins. The number of dolphins increased during the following 15 minutes up to eight individuals including one calf and one juvenile being observed. The dolphins remained within the area between the fish factory and the harbour wall circling with shallow dives, leaps, tail slaps and lunges although the group was split up. The numbers of birds increased and their activity continued to be associated with that of the dolphins. Dolphins remained in this area for the remainder of the survey but with numbers decreasing to three or four individuals for about an hour until then rising again to six dolphins including with one juvenile being present at the end.

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10/11/15: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

12 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Dull/overcast with occasional rain, sea state 2 to 4 off shore, wind direction SE to S
9 Bottlenose Dolphins and 2 Atlantic Grey Seals

At start of the survey four dolphins including one juvenile were located about 300 m off the fish factory foraging at depth. They remained within the general area off the fish factory for the next 30 minutes. A grey seal was also observed in front of the harbour wall. The dolphin group then split, two dolphins moving towards the Cardinal Buoy and a third moving close to the harbour wall whilst one appeared to leave the area. At around 09.45 a second group of five dolphins including one juvenile entered the area off the fish factory. These were observed chasing fish on the surface and one dolphin was seen tossing fish. The two distinct groups remained in the area for the next hour and then all dolphins left the area. A second grey seal was then seen off the harbour wall. In the final half hour of the survey a single dolphin was seen leaping about 1 km beyond the fish factory.

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05/11/2015: 13 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

05 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Dull/overcast to rain, sea state 1, wind direction SE to E.
13 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Bottlenose Dolphin.

At around 09:30 3 dolphins came around the corner from the fish factory, and they were seen to be foraging at depth. The next sightings were at around 10:00. These consisted of a lone individual who came around the headland and travelled to the east. There was also a group of 6 more dolphins which stayed in the area leaping and tail slapping. There was also a female Grey Seal seen in this section as well. The large group then disappeared, but were shortly followed by another pair heading west. In the last 15 minutes of the survey a group of 3 dolphins were seen travelling towards the cardinal buoy.

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04/11/2015: 6 Bottlenose Dolphins and 2 Atlantic Grey Seals.

05 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny to overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S.
6 bottlenose dolphins.

At around 12:30, three groups of dolphins appeared in the bay. There was a group of 2 including a calf, a group of 2 adults, and also a lone adult. These dolphins were seen milling at the surface. Around 15 minutes later, all of these dolphins joined into one larger group, which was also joined by another individual, giving a total of 6. This larger group continued milling at the surface, but also started leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Dull/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S to SW.
5 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Atlantic Grey Seals.

At the start of this survey the same dolphins from the end of the previous survey were seen leaping and socialising in the distance on the edge of the survey area, but they were not seen again in this survey. At around 13:30 a female Grey Seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall. there was another sighting of a seal in front of the wall at around 14:45, but it was unclear whether it was the same individual or not.

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03/11/2015: 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

04 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny to fair, sea state 1 occasionally 2, wind direction E.
1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

In the last couple of minutes of the survey, a lone Grey Seal was seen off the end of the harbour wall.

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02/11/2015: 34 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

03 November 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

5hr survey. Start time 11:25.
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-2, >10km to 1-10km, light swell.
34 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

The first sighting of this survey was around 5 minutes after it started. There was a group of 6 dolphins, including one juvenile, seen travelling and foraging. The next encounter was around an hour and a half later, at 5 to 1, when a group of 3 dolphins, again with a juvenile, were seen leaping and bow riding. At 20 past 1 a group of 5 dolphins were seen leaping and spy hopping. The next encounter was at around 10 past 2, when a pair of dolphins were seen travelling west. There was one more encounter with dolphins in this survey, a group of 10 adults, 3 juveniles, 4 calves and 1 new-born, giving a total of 18 in the group. This large group was seen travelling west. There was one more sighting in this survey, of a lone Grey seal in the water.

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02/11/2015: 3 Bottlenose Dolphins

03 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW to SE.
3 Bottlenose Dolphins.

In the last half hour of the survey 3 dolphins were seen approaching the cardinal buoy from off shore. Once they had entered the survey area, these dolphins started travelling south west, towards the harbour wall.

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01/11/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 4 harbour porpoises and 9 Atlantic grey seals

02 November 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

01/11/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 4 harbour porpoises and 9 Atlantic grey seals

6.5hr survey. Start time 10:15
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Nine bottlenose dolphins, four harbour porpoises and nine Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay bay. Half an hour later, a group of three harbour porpoises were seen travelling west, shortly followed by two individual sightings of Atlantic grey seals in the water. After another half an hour, a lone harbour porpoise was seen travelling slowly north-west. An hour later, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water, followed ten minutes later by a group of eight bottlenose dolphins which were observed foraging with fish seen, taking long dives and bow-riding the boat. Over the next two and a half hours, six individual sightings of Atlantic grey seals were recorded in the water.

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01/11/2015: 8 bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

02 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

01/11/2015: 8 bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E
Eight bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Fifteen minutes into the survey, a group of eight bottlenose dolphins were seen north of the harbour wall, mingling at the surface, before exhibiting displays of splashy behaviour and leaping. A lone Atlantic grey seal was also seen bottling nearby. Half way through the survey, the group of dolphins were seen mingling at the surface near the cardinal marker, and another Atlantic grey sea was seen swimming west in front of the harbour wall. In the second half of the survey, the dolphin group split up and a group of three were seen travelling west, with a pair foraging at depth nearby. The Atlantic grey seal seen last was observed swimming east past the dolphins. In the last half an hour of the survey, the five bottlenose dolphins had joined to form a group and were seen travelling west towards the headland, before being seen leaping off the headland at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E/W
Five bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey, the five bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey were still present. Four had formed a group and was seen travelling east away from the headland, with one travelling the same direction closer to the harbour wall. Fifteen minutes into the survey, only four bottlenose dolphins were seen in a group and were observed travelling across the bay in several directions over the next 45minutes before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW

No sightings.

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