28/10/16: 16 bottlenose dolphins , 3 Atlantic grey seals

30 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW

5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

1 bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east from around the headland at the start of the survey, surfacing regularly. It was joined by another 2 dolphins in the second 15 minutes, and leaping behaviour was observed. All 3 dolphins then travelled west together towards the headland, and a grey seal was observed between the harbour wall and the fish factory. During the second half of the survey, 2 dolphins were seen surfacing regularly and travelling east, offshore of the fish factory. These 2 dolphins were joined by a third, and an additional dolphin was spotted further offshore, travelling in. Lunging behaviour was later exhibited by this group, and another 2 dolphins were seen near the cardinal buoy. A grey seal was seen again near to Dolau beach. In the final 15 minutes of the survey, 4 dolphins were seen near the cardinal buoy, with leaping behaviour observed, 1 dolphin was seen offshore of the fish factory, and a grey seal was again spotted near Dolau beach.

 

 2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW

11 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the survey multiple groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen in the area between the fish factory, the cardinal buoy and the headland. The busiest period was between 11:30 and 12:00, when 11 dolphins were spotted. The common behaviours observed were slow milling at the surface and fast energetic milling at the surface. A grey seal was also spotted 3 times during the survey, between the fish factory and the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind S/SE

5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the next survey. Initially 2 dolphins were seen leaping near the cardinal buoy, then a mother and juvenile were seen very close to the harbour wall, staying close to the surface. A single dolphin was also spotted between the harbour wall and the fish factory around the same time. During the second half of the survey, a grey seal was spotted off the end of the harbour wall, and 5 dolphins were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy showing fast energetic behaviours including leaps, lunges and tail slaps.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

A female grey seal was seen bottling close to the harbour wall at the start of the next survey. Towards the middle of the survey, 4 dolphins were spotted travelling south-west between the cardinal buoy and the harbour wall, and another dolphin was spotted separate to this group, travelling west. During the second half of the survey, two groups of 3 dolphins were spotted travelling west towards the headland, and dolphins remained swimming in the bay until the end of the survey. A female grey seal was spotted throughout the final half hour of the survey, swimming back and forth along the harbour wall.

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27/10/2016: 22 bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals

28 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE

1 Atlantic grey seal, 10 bottlenose dolphins

 

From the beginning of the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen in two groups undertaking long dives, likely foraging at depth.  Both groups then swam away around New Quay headland.  Around an hour later a group of three dolphins, including one juvenile came around the headland, and were seen swimming around the bay until the end of the survey, where they were joined by two more adult dolphins.  One female Atlantic grey seal was seen several times throughout the survey, mostly bottling near the harbour wall.

 

 

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW

7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

Four bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, remained in the bay from the previous survey, but were seen travelling rapidly across the bay, leaping as they went.  About half an hour later three dolphins were seen travelling around the headland, including one juvenile, before moving off in a north easterly direction.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming near the wall for about 45 minutes, surfacing regularly.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

6 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

 

Just before two o’clock a group of six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile moved into the bay from around the headland.  Half the group remained within the bay, swimming around and surfacing regularly, for about another half an hour.  Two Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming separately near the wall during this survey, one of which was unusually small.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S

3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

Towards the end of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and splashing around in the bay.  They then split into two groups, with two dolphins swimming away around the headland, and one remaining in the bay where it was seen undertaking long dives, likely to be foraging.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen several times throughout the survey, bottling near the wall and milling around at the surface.

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27/10/2016 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

28 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 10:46

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low – moderate swell, cloud cover 7-8 with glare

8 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

8 bottlenose dolphins were seen during our morning survey, in two groups.  The first sighting consisted of five adult dolphins that were seen at 11:15, travelling east.  The second sighting occurred at 11:41, of 3 dolphins including one calf, also travelling east, although this group were seen much closer to the boat, around 80 metres away.  At 11:30 an Atlantic grey seal was seen approximately 50 metres from the boat, in the water on the port side.

 

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 12:18

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 4-7 with glare

7 bottlenose dolphins

 

During our second survey of the day seven bottlenose dolphins were seen across three groups.  At 12:50 approximately three adults were seen leaping about 150 metres away from the boat, though it was thought that there could be more in the group.  At 13:03 two more adults were seen leaping, this time 200 metres from the boat.  At 13:05 and adult and juvenile approached the boat, leaping and then bow-riding.

 

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 13:50

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 3-8 with glare

4 bottlenose dolphins

 

Our final survey of the day saw a group of three dolphins at 14:06, consisting of two adults and one calf, foraging as they travelled west, about 100 metres away from the boat.  At 14:34 another adult dolphin was seen, again 100 metres from the boat, this time travelling on its own to the east.

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26/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

27 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1.5 hour survey. Start time 10:49

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 4-6 with and without glare 

1 Atlantic grey seal

1 adult grey seal was seen in the water at 11:31, around 20 metres from the boat, on the port side.

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 12:23

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 2-3 with glare

2 bottlenose dolphins

2 adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted once at 12:42, around 5 metres from the boat, on the starboard side.

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 13:55

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 2-5 with glare

No marine mammal sightings

1 barrel jellyfish

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 15:21

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, low swell, cloud cover 1-5 with glare

7 bottlenose dolphins

A total of 7 dolphins were seen in 4 separate sightings. The first sighting was at 15:32, when 2 adult dolphins were seen around 90 metres from the boat on the port side, travelling west. At 15:43 another adult dolphin was spotted from the port side around 200 metres from the boat, thought to be foraging. At the same time, another 2 dolphins were sighted, one of which was a calf, also foraging. The dolphins were joined at 16:07 by another two adults around 50 metres from the boat on the starboard side, which displayed leaps and tail slapping behaviour, to form a group of 7 which stayed around the boat until the end of the survey.

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26/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals

27 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

3 Atlantic grey seals

During the first hour of the survey, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted at various points between the harbour wall and the fish factory, sometimes swimming very close to the harbour wall, with a seal sighting in each 15 minute section. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, a third Atlantic grey seal was spotted just offshore of the fish factory, thought to be foraging at depth.

 

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00

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

1 Atlantic grey seal, 1 bottlenose dolphin

An Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling offshore of the harbour wall in the second 15 minutes of the survey, and again around midday in the same area, travelling west, assumed to be searching for prey while on the move. A bottlenose dolphin was also seen around the same time, travelling west towards the fish factory, surfacing at irregular intervals.

 

2 hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW

No sightings

 

2 hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW

2 Atlantic grey seals, 3 bottlenose dolphins

Around 15:15, a bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east offshore of the harbour wall and surfacing regularly. A further two dolphins were seen foraging in the same area, with a juvenile coming close to the end of the harbour wall before heading towards Dolau beach, where it displayed leaps, and remained near the surface for two survey sections. An Atlantic grey seal was seen between Dolau beach and the fish factory around 15:30, and another seal close to the end of the harbour wall, as well as a large barrel jellyfish. During the last half hour of the survey, a seal was seen just off the fish factory, but it was not clear if this was one of the same seals as previously seen.

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25/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

26 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1.5 hour survey. Start time 10:42
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 4-7 with and without glare
1 Atlantic grey seal

Despite calm waters and good visibility throughout the survey, only 1 grey seal was spotted taking long dives near the Cardinal buoy, approximately 20 metres off the starboard side of the boat. 2 gannets were seen out at sea, as well as a razorbill.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 12:19
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 3-8 with and without glare
4 Atlantic grey seals

4 seals were spotted over 3 sightings. One sighting consisted of an adult and a juvenile. All of the seals were within 50 metres of the boat.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 13:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 6-7 with glare
1 Atlantic grey seal and 5 bottlenose dolphins

1 adult grey seal was spotted hauled out, 30 metres off the portside of the boat, within the first 15 minutes of surveying. Then, within the final 15 minutes of the survey, 5 bottlenose dolphins (including 1 juvenile) were seen leaping and tail-slapping at the sea surface. These were spotted 100 metres away from the boat, on the portside.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 15.20
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 6-8 without glare
4 Atlantic grey seals

4 seals were spotted over 2 sightings, consisting of 2 adults in each one. They were all in the water, either actively swimming or bottling.

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25/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

26 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
4 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Between 10:00 and 10:15, a pod of 4 bottlenose dolphins were exhibiting leaping and splashing behaviour, due north of the harbour wall and northeast of the fish factory. 1 Atlantic grey seal was also observed throughout the survey; first travelling southeast from the harbour wall, and then bottling at the surface near the Cardinal buoy at the end of the survey.

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

A grey seal was spotted at several points through the survey, first travelling eastwards along the northern flank of the harbour wall from 11:45, and then bottling at the surface north of the harbour wall during the last 2 time intervals.

2 hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction variable – E/SE

No sightings

2 hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

5 bottlenose dolphins were seen during the first half hour of the survey, splashing and leaping at the surface before travelling eastwards towards the Cardinal buoy. A grey seal was spotted in the last hour of the survey, bottling just north of the harbour wall.

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24/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

25 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE
3 bottlenose dolphins

At around 10.15, 2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling East towards the cardinal buoy. These dolphins were seen for around half an hour and exhibited leaping behaviour. Another single bottlenose dolphin was spotted during the last 15 minutes of the survey, and was thought to be foraging at depth.

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 2, wind direction variable – NE/E/SE

No sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2, wind direction variable – NE/E/SE
4 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

In the second half of the survey, 4 bottlenose dolphins, one of which was a calf were seen leaping. These dolphins were then seen travelling round the headland and away from the survey area. 1 Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off Dolau beach, bottling.

2 hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE
2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout most of the survey, foraging and leaping. 1 female Atlantic grey seal was also travelling North, from the end of the harbour wall.

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23/10/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

24 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction variable – E/NE/N

3 bottlenose dolphins

 A group of 3 dolphins was seen around 10 am, travelling north east towards the fish factory, surfacing regularly.

 

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/fair, sea state 3/2, wind direction SE

4 bottlenose dolphins

 A group of 4 dolphins was seen off the fish factory, staying near the surface, around midday.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction E

3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 grey seal

 A group of 3 dolphins was seen around 2:15 pm, travelling west, surfacing regularly. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the last 15 minutes of the survey, staying around the surface, just off the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3 (briefly 4), wind direction NE

1 Atlantic  grey seal

 An Atlantic grey seal was seen in the middle of the next survey, again just off the harbour wall, likely the same female.

 

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22/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey. Start time 10:50
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
2 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey four female Atlantic grey seals were seen resting on the beach. A little further into the boat trip, one adult grey seal was seen in the water five meters from the boat. Towards the end of the survey another two adult dolphins were seen only 50 meters from the boat. They were seen traveling west and also displayed leaps while traveling.

2 hour survey. Start time 12:56
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 1-2 with glare
2 bottlenose dolphin and 1 Atlantic grey seal

During this two hour boat trip two dolphins were seen foraging. At the end of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.

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