13/09/2014- Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and sunfish

14 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1200
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Five Atlantic grey seals

Two grey seals, one adult and one juvenile, were spotted hauled out near Bird’s rock. Shortly after, three Atlantic grey seals, including one juvenile were seen just south of Cwn Tydu hauled out on the rocks.

4hr survey. Start time 1420
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10/>10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were spotted foraging and tail-slapping offshore from New Quay. Further offshore two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging. Back inland near Bird’s rock one grey seal was spotted.

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13/09/2014: bottlenose dolphins and grey seals

14 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 2, wind NE
Three grey seals

Grey seals were seen bottling in New Quay bay at the start and end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind NE
Ten bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals

Seals and bottlenose dolphins were spotted towards the end of the survey, mostly conducting deep dives, thought to be foraging. Some bottlenose dolphin calves were also seen in some of the groups.

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind SE/S
Five bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were far out in the bay at the start of the survey but then appeared to disperse as the survey went on.

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind SE

No sightings

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12/09/2014: bottlenose dolphins

13 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

12/09/2014: bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 2, wind N
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay bay for the entire survey. They also moved in around the harbour and the swimming area.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, Sea state 2, wind S/SSE
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping around the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping abound the cardinal buoy for the first hour and a half of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind SW
One bottlenose dolphin

No sightings.

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12/09/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

13 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

12/09/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 1200
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

Three Atlantic grey seals were seen in between Cwm Tydu and Ynys Lochtyn. Two were in the water and one was hauled out. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging off Cwm Tydu. There was also a hauled out female and her pup by bird’s rock.

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11/09/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and atlantic grey seals

12 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. start time 1000
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
14 bottlenose dolphins and three atlantic grey seals

Immediately at the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen in New Quay bay. Sometime later another individual was seen Travelling NE off the coast from Aberaeron. A little further up the coast two more individuals were seen, and shortly afterwards four more individuals joined them. Another two dolphins were seen a short time afterwards leaping and swimming fast in the same area. On the return trip three atlantic grey seals were seen, an adult female and an adult male both in the water, and a seal pup on the shore nearby.

2hr survey. start time 1200
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Six bottlenose dolphins and two atlantic grey seals

Just around the headland of New Quay bay, near to birds rock, an atlantic grey seal pup was seen on the shore, shortly afterwards an adult was seen nearby. A little down the coast from cwmtudu three bottlenose dolphins were seen, and a further three including a juvenile seen off ynys lochtyn headland.

2hr survey. start time 1400
Weather conditions: sea state 2/3, visibility 1-10/ >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and three atlantic grey seals.

Near birds rock a single atlantic grey seal pup was seen on the shore. At adult was seen in the water down the coast from cwmtudu. On the return trip another atlantic grey seal adult was seen hauled out on the shore near birds rock. As the boat returned into New Quay bay, two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf) were seen foraging off the headland.

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11/09/2014: 10 bottlenose dolphins

12 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-1, wind S/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were visible from the harbour wall throughout the survey, with a mother and calf present foraging by the cardinal buoy throughout. At several points a third individual joined them foraging in the same area.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind N-E
Four bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with four individuals foraging around the cardinal buoy and the area to the west of it throughout.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was seen half an hour into the survey leaping and splashing out in the bay, northeast from the harbour wall. a second individual was seen shortly after and the two foraged normally near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind SW
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the end of the survey a single bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping and foraging near the cardinal buoy.

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09/09/2014- bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and harbour porpoise

10 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seas, four bottlenose dolphins

The start of the survey one grey seal was hauled out near birds rock. A few minutes later another was seen in the water offshore towards Cwmtydu. half way through the survey a bottlenose mother and calf were seen foraging and socialising at Ynys lochtyn. Towards the end of the survey a grey seal was seen in the water near Birds Rock again, and two bottlenose dolphins were foraging in New Quay bay.

8.5hr survey, start time 10.30
weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10/>10km, light swell
Five harbour porpoise, 15 Atlantic grey seals and 18 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two adult harbour porpoise were seen foraging and just after Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water bottling.  Four hours into the survey there was another brief sighting of a harbour porpoise.  At Bardsey Island 14 Atlantic Grey Seals were sighted hauled out on the rocks.  Another porpoise was sighted travelling W.  Seven hours into the survey seven bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling fast N.  Towards the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and shortly after nine bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and travelling fast N.

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09/09/2014- bottlenose dolphins

10 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-1, wind SE/SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

For the first hour of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near the Harbour wall. Further out near the Cardinal Buoy four bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging. Towards the end of the survey Nick was seen foraging near the harbour wall

2hr survey. start time 11.00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind NE/no wind
Five bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen for the whole two hours.  Four dolphins were seen foraging at the cardinal buoy.  In the half an hour a mother and calf were seen travelling East and the milling around at the surface.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind N
Four bottlenose dolphins

For the first hour, mother and calf were foraging near the Cardinal Buoy. In the second hour, two more dolphins joined, also foraging.

2hr survey, start time 15.00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind SE/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen foraging and leaping far offshore, and were later joined by a foraging dolphin. A dolphin was seen near the Cardinal Buoy foraging. 2 of the dolphins moved to near the fish factory, and were seen leaping. At the end of the survey, one dolphin was seen travelling SE.

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08/09/2014: bottlenose dolphins

09 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind E-N
Two bottlenose dolphins

30 minutes into the survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near the Cardinal Buoy, and was seen tossing fish. At the end of the survey a second bottlenose dolphin was seen traveling west through the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, NE-NNE
Two bottlenose dolphins

A mother and calf were seen throughout the whole two hours of the survey, foraging and traveling, but always staying close to the Cardinal Buoy.
2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind NE

No sightings

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

No sightings

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08/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

09 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and 11 Atlantic grey seals

Two mother and new born pups were spotted hauled out on the beach near Birds Rock. A little further along the beach a bull grey seal was seen also hauled out. Several seals were spotted in the water between Birds Rock and Castell Bach, these were thought to be mothers watching their pups on the beaches from the water. Bottlenose dolphins were seen towards the end of the survey, a mother and calf were seen near the fish factory, with foetal folds still visible on the calf.

2hr survey. start time 14:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

45minutes into the two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging off Ynys Lochtyn, a Gannet was seen circling above the dolphins. Soon after two female Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled out on the beach, both thought to be mothers looking after pups. Unfortunately the pups were well hidden and could not be spotted from the boat. Towards the end of the survey another female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near Birds Rock close to where a pup was seen earlier in the day.

2hr survey. start time 16:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals and one bottlenose dolphin

All sightings in the survey were at Ynys Lochtyn, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out on the beach, whilst female was seen in the water. Soon after a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging off the headland.

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