19/05/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins

20 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W/SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the final 15 minutes of the survey about 250m from the headland – displaying behaviour such as fast circling at the surface, leaps, lunges and tail slaps. During the survey a number of bird species were also seen, such as Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Gannets – including a small flock of black birds on the horizon.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SW/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

An adult and juvenile dolphin pairing was recorded travelling east from the headland, surfacing regularly towards a same heading. They then began mingling at the surface, staying about 250m from the harbour wall before heading back outwards towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull – rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW/SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair – overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Four dolphins were seen between the headland and the harbour wall between 13:15 and 13:45. One group of two were thought to be foraging at depth while another group of two were sighted travelling slowly east with regular surfacing. Towards the end of the sighting one of the groups separated. One dolphin joined the group of three and the other dolphin began swimming solitarily. The four dolphins then headed quickly out of the bay and ventured out behind the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW

No sightings

 

 

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18/05/2016: bottlenose dolphins

19 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

18/05/2016: bottlenose dolphins

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

Throughout the survey period, nine bottlenose dolphins were observed between the headland and the cardinal marker displaying a variety of behaviours, including taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, travelling rapidly and with irregular surfacing, and leaps and tail slapping. Diving gannets were also observed in the area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/W/NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives around the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings.

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17/05/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

18 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

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

No sightings

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

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen for fifteen minutes in the second half of the survey. They were spotted at the headland and were seen leaping and tail-slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair-overcast-dull-rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west toward the headland at the beginning of the survey. They were seen foraging for the next fifteen minutes and then not seen again.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast -rain, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
Three Atlantic Grey Seals and four Bottlenose dolphins

Three Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water between the headland and the harbour, with one seen bottling. Four Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the last fifteen minutes of the survey, travelling west and surfacing at irregular intervals.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast -rain, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Three dolphins were seeing travelling past the headland at the beginning of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water by the harbour. At the end of the survey three dolphins were spotted at the headland travelling toward the harbour wall.

 

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16/05/2016: 1 Harbour porpoise, 3 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals.

17 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:49am
Weather condition: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

There was three bottlenose dolphins spotted at around 13:06. There were two adults and one juvenile spotted. They displayed behaviour of foraging. They were spotted around 200 metres from the boat. A few minutes later there was one female Atlantic grey seal spotted around 100 metres away from the boat. The seal was spotted hauled out. There was another female Atlantic grey seal spotted in the water around 13:46.

2hr survey. Start time 15:05pm
Weather condition: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
1 harbour porpoise

One harbour porpoise was spotted around 16:07. The porpoise was spotted around 30 metres from the boat. The porpoise displayed behaviour of travelling north. There was a large group of mixed gulls seen in the first few minutes of the survey. There were around 200 mixed gulls spotted foraging. There were around 30 gannets and mixed gulls spotted near the end of the survey. They were seen foraging. The gannets were spotted diving into the water.

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16/05/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

17 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Ten bottlenose dolphins

There was ten bottlenose dolphins spotted throughout the survey. They were spotted in different areas around the bay from the headland to the cardinal buoy. They displayed behaviour such as leaping, tail slapping and travelling from the headland to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/N/NE
Fifteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The dolphins from the previous survey remained in the bay. There was a total count of fifteen bottlenose dolphins spotted throughout the survey. There were thirteen adults spotted and two calves. They were spotted in various spots around the bay and changed throughout the survey as they were seen travelling from the headland to the cardinal buoy and back to the headland. They displayed behaviour such as travelling, leaping and tail slapping. There was one Atlantic grey seal spotted near the headland travelling closer to the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

The dolphins remained in the bay. There was a total of eleven individual bottlenose dolphins spotted during the survey. The dolphins remained in the bay until around 12:30. They were spotted near the cardinal buoy displaying behaviour such as long dives, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N
Three bottlenose dolphins

There was a count of three bottlenose dolphins spotted at the beginning of the survey. The dolphins remained in the bay for a short period of time as they were not spotted again after 13:15. They were spotted in front of the harbour wall and displayed behaviour of travelling east.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

There was a count of eight bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seal spotted at the end of survey. They were spotted around 18:30 and remained until the end of the survey. The dolphins were spotted near the headland and in front of the harbour wall. The dolphins displayed behaviour such as travelling, milling and slow circling around at the surface. The two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water near the headland and in front of the harbour wall.

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15/05/2016: Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

16 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE/N
One bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted near the cardinal marker travelling north east. The dolphin was spotted between 7:00 and 7:15. A female Atlantic grey seal was spotted between 8:00 and 8:15 in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

One group of two adult bottlenose dolphins and one juvenile were spotted around 9:15 and remained in the bay until around 10:00. The dolphins were spotted travelling from the headland to the cardinal bay and were seen taking long dives in between.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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

Five bottlenose dolphins were spotted between 15:15 and 15:45. The dolphins were first spotted taking long dives near the headland and then travelling North West.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 3/2, wind direction NW

No sightings.

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15/05/2016: 6 Atlantic grey seals

16 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45 am
Weather condition: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell
5 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting of two Atlantic grey seals was spotted at 10:15 only 20 metres away from the boat. The two female seals were spotted hauled out. There was then another sighting at 12:03 of one adult female Atlantic grey seal. The seal was spotted around 90 metres away from the boat in the water. The next sighting was at 12:25 of two adult female Atlantic grey seals. They were spotted around 20 metres away from the boat displaying behaviour such as in the water and hauled out.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45 pm
Weather condition: sea state 1/2/3, visibility >10km, light swell
1 Atlantic grey seal

The only sighting of the survey was at 13:06 of one adult Atlantic grey seal. The seal was spotted hauled out about 20 metres away from the boat.

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14/05/2016: Eighteen bottlenose dolphins

15 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

9hr survey. Start time 09:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1->10km, light swell
Eighteen bottlenose dolphins

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen off the coast southwest of Borth. Two animals were seen leaping, while a group of six animals including a calf and a juvenile were seen travelling alongside the boat. Later a group of ten bottlenose dolphins was observed west of the coast of Tywyn, displaying a range of behaviours such as bow riding, leaping, socialising, close contact, and feeding, travelling in a south-easterly direction. Over the course of the survey a variety of birds were seen including gannets, guillemots, cormorants, shags, herring gulls, scoters, manx shearwater, and storm petrels displaying activities such as resting, feeding, and travelling.

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14/05/2016: Ten bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

15 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction variable
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling in an easterly direction north of the headland, thought to be searching for prey. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping and splashing, before it travelled out of the survey area in a westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE

No sightings.

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

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted about 15 minutes into the survey taking long dives between headland and cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. Half an hour later one bottlenose dolphin was spotted north of the headland travelling out of the bay in a westerly direction.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

During the second half of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted between cardinal marker and headland, milling at the surface. A large number of gannets were also spotted about a mile north of New Quay, resting on the water and feeding.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

Just before the end of the survey, one female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of the harbour wall.

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13/05/2016: 2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal and 1 Harbour porpoise

14 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 12:05
Weather condition: sea state 2/1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal and 1 Harbour porpoise

At the beginning of the survey there was two Bottlenose dolphins seen. There was one adult and one juvenile spotted foraging. Another sighting of an Atlantic grey seal was spotted a few minutes later. The seal was spotted in the water. There was another sighting around 13:59 of a harbour porpoise travelling north east. There was a large amount of bird sightings of guillemots, herring gulls, kittiwakes, gannets, razorbills, mixed gulls and Manx shearwater. The birds displayed a variety of different behaviour including diving, feeding and dashing in the water.

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