28/06/15: Three Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

29 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

Within the first half of the survey a grey seal was spotted in the water near Bird’s Rock in the water. As the survey moved back towards New Quay a group of three bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling back out from New Quay in a westerly direction.

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28/06/15: 26 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

29 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Raining, sea state 1, wind direction S
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey there were two bottlenose dolphins spotted in between the harbour wall and fish factory with another individual spotted near the cardinal buoy. Both of these groups were spotted milling around with frequent dives. Later on the two groups came together and a juvenile was spotted with them. Towards the end of the survey a lone Atlantic grey seal popped up near the harbour wall and was surveying the area.

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

No sightings to report.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W
Six bottlenose dolphins

A group of two bottlenose dolphins was spotted after the first survey period near the cardinal buoy milling around the surface. They travelled across the area coming close to the harbour but departing out towards the fish factory. Towards the end of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory leaping a lot and the first group returned as well travelling quickly in towards the inner harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction SW
Ten bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey there were a total of nine dolphins dotted throughout the survey area. There was one group leaping and tail slapping but the other groups were displaying foraging behaviour with deep dives. Connie and her calf were identified as one of the groups who were spotted within the harbour wall near the inner pier. Halfway through the survey all the dolphins departed until the last few minutes when another pair popped up right off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W
Six bottlenose dolphins

Throughout the survey period there were dolphins spotted with the peak reaching a total of three dolphins spotted right off the harbour wall. There was a leaping from one pair with it coming mainly from the juvenile in the group. This pair was later identified as Snowcap and her calf Snowdon. Snowcap quickly moved off when three new bottlenose dolphins arrived in from the cardinal buoy and was spotted milling around a lot off the harbour wall until the end of the survey.

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27/06/15 19 Bottlenose Dolphins

28 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast-sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

About 20 minutes into this survey a pair of bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf, were spotted travelling but with irregular surfacing into the harbour. They then proceeded to forage and mill around the marina for about 45 minutes in total before we lost sight of them.

2hr survey. Start time 009:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Around 30 minutes into the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen right in the harbour behind the harbour wall irregularly surfacing. They left after about 30 minutes, and two groups of two were then spotted. One was a mother and calf to the north-east of the wall, and another was a pair of travelling adults which were heading towards the fish factory. By the last 15 minutes all the animals had left the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny or fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey a mother and calf were spotted in the harbour to the north east of the harbour wall milling at the surface. They moved around the outside of the harbour, over to the reef where we briefly lost sight of them before spotting the same individuals travelling back out of the harbour. After this two groups of two were spotted behind the fish factory. Both groups moved further into the harbour before the survey finished where they remained milling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair or sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW-W
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey two dolphins were seen within a couple of hundred metres of the harbour wall, though they were only seen for a short period of time. Later in the survey an individual was spotted at the fish factory regularly surfacing, but it too was only seen during a short period of the survey. In the last half hour another individual was seen milling at the fish factory, which remained for the rest of the survey, milling at the water’s surface.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair or sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction varied from NW to SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny or fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW-SSW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen about 30 minutes into the survey milling around. The group split and two animals moved closer to the harbour wall while the other remained further out. The group remained for the rest of the survey, splitting and re-joining as they travelled around the harbour. They were seen at the end of the survey over by the reef.

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27/06/15 11 Bottlenose Dolphins and One Grey Seal

28 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Right at the beginning of this survey a solitary bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging in the harbour within a couple of hundred metres of Sulaire. The survey was then quiet for sightings until the boat returned into the main harbour when a group of six animals was seen milling around approximately 300 metres from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Four bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

To start off this survey a bottlenose dolphin sighting occurred while still in the harbour- two individuals were seen travelling north-west in the general direction of the fish factory. They were first spotted very close to the boat, coming within 50 metres of Sulaire. The second sighting was about an hour into the survey when an Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the sea. In the last 15 minutes of the survey another two sightings occurred. Each was a solitary bottlenose dolphin, the first heading west very close to the boat, and the second heading south west which was further away.

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26/06/15: 13 Bottlenose Dolphins

27 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state: 1, wind direction S
8 Bottlenose Dolphins

A pair of bottlenose dolphins were sighted of the fish factory, leaping and foraging, and one individual was seen foraging of the cardinal buoy, and another individual was seen foraging just of the harbour wall. The pair was joined by new individual, and they carried on leaping and foraging off the fish factory for half an hour. The individual at the cardinal buoy was joined by an additional two bottlenose dolphins, and they remained there for half an hour before leaving the area. The individual that was in front of the wall also moved to the cardinal buoy, and then back to in front of the wall, before joining with the group off the fish factory at the end of the first half of the survey. In this time another dolphin appeared in front of the harbour wall. In the second half of the survey the group expanded to five and moved closer to the cardinal buoy, still displaying leaping and foraging behaviour, for half an hour. And two separated individuals were also seen foraging, one near the group and one near the cardinal buoy. One of them stayed in the area for 45 minutes while to other left the area after 15 minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair-overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
5 bottlenose dolphins

There were only sightings in the first half an hour of the survey. There was a group of four bottlenose dolphins and an individual foraging on long dives between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: raining to sunny, sea state: 2, wind direction S-SW

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 2, wind direction SW

No sightings.

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25/06/15 15 Bottlenose Dolphins and Five Atlantic Grey Seals

26 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey, start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light to medium swell
10 Bottlenose Dolphins and Four Atlantic Grey Seals

Early on in the survey there was a first sighting of one bottlenose dolphin foraging in the harbour. This was followed a few minutes later by two animals, a mother and calf, which were also looking for food about 100 metres from the front of Sulaire. Half an hour later there was a hauled out male grey seal and then another two males were spotted bottling shortly after. Towards the end of the survey there were another three sightings- one grey seal was seen in the water and then a group of six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen displaying foraging behaviour with lots of leaping and tail slapping. The final sighting was a another solitary bottlenose feeding in the harbour.

2hr survey, start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals

This survey started with an immediate sighting of three leaping bottlenose dolphins which were first sighted approximately 200 metres from Sulaire as the survey headed out. Shortly after another dolphin was seen tail slapping close in to the boat and 10 minutes after that two bottling grey seals were also seen. There was then a fairly long period without sightings until the boat returned to the harbour when another bottlenose dolphin was seen milling at the surface of the water.

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25/06/15 36 Bottlenose Dolphins and Four Atlantic Grey Seals

26 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
4 Bottlenose dolphins

There were bottlenose dolphins throughout this survey. To begin with there was only one individual, but about 30 minutes into the survey a group of three with 2 juveniles also moved in near the cardinal marker deep diving and possibly foraging. The groups kept splitting and reforming and an hour into the survey some of the animals began displaying very energetic behaviour at the surface before travelling out of the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
8 Bottlenose Dolphins

Two groups of two bottlenose dolphins were seen at the beginning of this survey but these animals left the harbour a few minutes after the survey started. Later on another four dolphins came in, milling at the surface of the water. Again this was two groups of two, and there was a juvenile in each group.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair-sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
8 bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings for the majority of this survey but in the last half hour a group of five, a group of two and an individual came into the harbour from around the fish factory. A lot of different behaviours were seen from these groups including milling, deep diving and even splashy surfacing with some leaps from the large group and the individual.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SSW-SSE
6 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The group of 5 animals that were seen in the previous survey stayed into this survey foraging and chasing prey at the surface. Later on another two groups moved into the harbour north of the pier. About half way through the survey a grey seal was seen travelling west by the harbour wall, though it was only seen for a short period of time. Bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area for the rest of the survey to the north east of the wall towards the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-1, wind direction S-SW
2 grey seals, 7 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were milling at the surface of the water beyond the fish factory where they stayed for around half an hour. After they left, another bottlenose moved into the harbour a couple of hundred metres from the wall, and a grey seal was also spotted towards the fish factory. A second seal was seen later in the survey very close to the wall. After this there were no sightings for a while, until a group of two was seen just north of the cardinal marker doing long dives.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast-fair, sea state 1, wind direction S-SW
3 bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal.

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen about 15 minutes into the survey travelling west towards the fish factory. One of the animals left shortly after and the remaining two began to quickly move around at the surface of the water with a lot of white splash seen. The two animals split up but remained visible at the fish factory for another half hour, during which an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming along the harbour wall before disappearing. In the last section of the survey one of the dolphins came right to the end of the harbour wall close in and milled at the surface regularly coming up to breathe.

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24/06/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

25 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45

Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility: 1-10/>10km, light swell.

Five bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting of this survey was of four Atlantic grey seals by bird rock 10 minutes into the trip. Three of these seals were bottling in the water while a forth, female individual was hauled out on the rocks. An hour into the survey three very active bottlenose dolphins were spotted at Ynys Lochtyn. From the boat we saw one of the dolphins chasing a fish while the others were leaping and briefly bow riding. On the way back a grey seal was spotted in the water just off the boat before diving out of site. In the last 15 minutes of the trip two more dolphins were spotted by bird rock foraging and slowly travelling south.

 

2hr survey. Start time 12:45

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility: 1-10km, light swell.

Four bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

15 minutes into the survey two dolphins were spotted foraging about 300m away from the boat. Nothing was seen for approximately an hour until two more bottlenose dolphins were sighted, one of them foraging, while the other displayed behaviours such as lunging and leaping 250m from the boat. At the same time, an Atlantic grey seal was also identified in the water.

 

2hr survey. Start time 14:45

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility: 1-10/>10km, light swell.

Three bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

10 minutes into the survey a bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging 200m from the boat, quickly followed by a female Atlantic grey seal in the water 50m from the boat. One hour later, 400m from the boat, an individual bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling south. At 3:50pm another dolphin was identified foraging. A bottling Atlantic grey seal was sighted bottling 10 minutes later 50m from the boats starboard side.

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24/06/15: 23 bottlenose dolphins

25 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 7:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

8 Bottlenose Dolphins

Right from the beginning there was a bottlenose dolphin foraging in the survey area straight out from the harbour wall. This individual swam out past the fish factory and out of site and was replaced by an individual by the cardinal buoy travelling west and another that travelled up to the harbour wall to forage. The dolphin at the harbour wall remained there for approximately half an hour before disappearing. About halfway through the survey four adult individuals were sighted about 1km out to sea leaping and milling at the surface for 15 minutes while a mother and juvenile travelled across from the cardinal buoy to the fish factory. The second half of the survey was very quiet, with nothing sighted until the last 10 minutes when an individual was spotted travelling toward the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey: Start time 9:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

1 Bottlenose Dolphin

During the first 15 minutes of this survey the same individual from the end of the 7am survey was sighted travelling from the harbour wall toward the cardinal buoy and out of site. There were no other sightings during the rest of this survey period.

 

2hr survey: Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast/misty, sea state 1/2, wind direction W

5 Bottlenose Dolphins

There were no sightings during this survey until approximately 12:30 when a group of four dolphins were spotted far out to sea, north of the harbour wall. This group displayed behaviours such as mingling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping and remained in the survey area until the end of the two hour period. In the last 15 minutes another individual was spotted taking deep dives a little closer in towards the harbour.

 

2hr survey: Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW-SE

4 Bottlenose Dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and taking deep dives in the first half an hour of the survey. This individual swam out of site past the fish factory and nothing was seen for the second half hour of the survey. Two individuals travelled into the harbour from the fish factory, one foraging while the other was spotted chasing fish at the surface. These behaviours continued for the rest of the two hour survey before both travelled individually to the cardinal buoy. In the last 15 minutes one more dolphin was sited further out to sea.

 

2hr survey: Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW

4 Bottlenose Dolphins

At the beginning of the survey one individual was sighted travelling east across the survey area taking long dives before being joined by another dolphin after 15 minutes, swimming west toward the fish factory and out of sight. Another individual was identified briefly by the cardinal buoy halfway through the survey but disappeared after only 15 minutes. During the second half of the survey three individuals foraged north of the harbour wall for approximately an hour.

 

2hr survey: Start time 17:00

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

5 Bottlenose Dolphins

Three individuals were sighted at the beginning of the survey foraging individually spaced between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. One of these dolphins swam out to sea and was replaced by two individuals by the cardinal buoy while one swam in closer to the harbour wall to forage. During the second half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin remained in the survey area travelling between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

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23/06/15: 43 bottlenose dolphins

24 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 7:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction NE
18 Bottlenose Dolphins

Right from the beginning of this survey six individuals were seen, of which three were milling around at the surface north of the wall, two were doing long dives and one individuals travelled north-westerly close to the harbour wall. While the lone one disappeared the other two groups joined, and another individual showed up close to the wall while another two were doing long dives near the cardinal buoy. Approximately halfway through the survey another lone individual showed up which also left the area soon. Then a new pair came into the area from the fish factory and left soon again, while the group of five was still north of the wall leaping, and the two near the cardinal buoy were still doing long dives. Then the group of five split up, three of them left the area while the other two moved towards the cardinal buoy. Almost at the same time another six individuals entered the area, first milling at the surface and then travelling eastwards from the fish factory.

2hr survey: start time 9:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Twelve bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey still the two individuals of the previous survey were around, and another four individual showed up leaping north of the wall. While the group of two disappeared the group of four stayed around, and another individual was seen travelling north-easterly close to the wall before disappearing from view, and afterwards the other four disappeared as well. Then for half an hour only one new individual was seen doing long dives north of the wall, suspected to be foraging at depth. Just when this individual travelled past the fish factory four individuals were coming in from that area, being very active including leaps.

2hr survey: start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey one individual was seen milling at the surface near the fish factory. After half an hour a group of two individuals were seen milling in the same area, and a group of six individuals was leaping in the same area as well. Soon these two groups left and it was again just the one individual north of the wall, which disappeared halfway through the survey. At the end of the survey two individuals were seen leaping near the fish factory.

2hr survey: start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

During this survey two individuals, including a juvenile, were seen throughout almost the entire two hours. They were mostly seen doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth, near the cardinal buoy, but also travelled more westwards and back. At last they were leaping again near the cardinal buoy, and then they disappeared before the end of the survey.

2hr survey: start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2-1, wind direction N
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway throughout this survey three individuals were seen milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy. Then another individual was seen leaping north of the harbour wall and one of the individuals of the group of three travelled westwards to a location north of the wall. At the end both of these lone individuals were separately travelling eastwards in an irregular interval.

2hr survey: start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning still the two individuals near the cardinal buoy were doing long dives, where after they travelled westwards. In the meantime one individual appeared from past the fish factory, first doing long dives and afterwards milling around at the surface near the fish factory, before disappearing again. The two individuals who split up earlier joined each other again and were milling around at the surface north of the wall, while at the same time two other individuals were seen far out north of the cardinal buoy for a short moment. Then a mother and calf came travelling in from the fish factory into the harbour, but left quiet quickly after some milling around at the surface due to disturbance. They went north of the wall while the other two individuals were still milling around at the surface north of the wall.

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