23/10/2014 –Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

24 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the majority of the survey. Immediately at the start of the survey three animals were seen jumping and splashing just to the north east of the end of the harbour wall, and a further two milling at the surface at the end of the harbour wall. These animals moved around the bay leaving just one in the bay for a little while, before at a half hour into the survey a mother and calf were seen in the bay, near the fish factory. These animals travelled south and foraged by the harbour wall for some time, while a further three dolphins could be seen milling out in the bay, north of the harbour wall. during the second half of the survey four dolphins could be seen leaping, and travelling north west, gradually leaving the bay. In the last half hour a single Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the bay, just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Nothing was seen for the first half hour of the survey, before a single Atlantic grey seal was seen just in front of the harbour wall, moving east. In the second half of the survey, two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the bay travelling south west towards the end of the harbour wall. Shortly afterwards two bottlenose dolphins travelled north east away from the harbour wall, and shortly afterwards four more animals were foraging just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind S
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout almost the entire survey, with three dolphins initially travelling west towards the fish factory. Shortly afterwards three dolphins were seen travelling south east from the same area, and a single Atlantic grey seal was also seen near the cliffs north of Traeth Dolau. Dolphins continued to move around the bay foraging and leaping and splashing at times, until the final fifteen minutes when nothing was seen.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind NW
Six bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey bottlenose dolphins were visible from the harbour wall, with four animals including one calf leaping and foraging for almost the entire survey, with two other individuals joining them to forage in the bay at points, though no more than five dolphins were seen at one time. In the final 15 minutes almost all dolphins had left the bay with only two visible from the harbour wall, in the distance beyond the fish factory.

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22/10/2014- Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 0900
Weather conditions: overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were sighted foraging and leaping near the pier and cardinal buoy, an male Atlantic grey seal was also seen at this time, off Traeth Gwyn and the beginning of the reef. Half an hour into the survey a fifth bottlenose dolphin had joined the group near the cardinal buoy, and a further one joined shortly after, as two moved and began foraging beyond the reef, close into the coast. Throughout the second half of the survey dolphins remained in the bay, foraging near the cardinal buoy and amongst the bay moorings.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 3-2, wind W
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall, off Traeth Dolau. They didn’t remain there for long however and nothing was seen for some time then, until the second half of the survey when an atlantic grey seal pup hauled itself out onto the beach amongst the harbour boat moorings.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 3, wind NW.
One Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the survey a single Atlantic grey seal pup was seen on new quay beach amongst the harbour boat moorings. It returned to the sea in the last 15 minutes of the survey and swam around the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey the seal pup from previous surveys was hauled out on rocks near Dolau beach. It was seen half an hour in near the fish factory, and then left the bay. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen towards the end of the survey near the cardinal buoy, travelling determinedly west.

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20/10/2014- bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

21 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 2/3, wind S/SW
One Atlantic grey seal

An hour into the survey one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water swimming along the pier.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/2, wind SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

In the second hour of the survey two dolphins were sighted foraging in front of the pier and one grey seal was seen swimming along the pier.  In the last half an hour of the survey three dolphins were seen foraging and leaping near the cardinal buoy and pier and one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the bay near the pier.

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 2/3, wind SW/W
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

In the first half and hour of the survey five dolphins including on calf were sighted foraging and travelling NW towards the fish factory.  One Atlantic grey seal was also sighted off the pier.  In the middle of the survey two dolphins were sighted foraging and travelling W to the left of the cardinal buoy.  In the last 15 minutes of the survey four dolphins were sighted foraging just in front of the fish factory.

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

In the first 15 minutes of the survey one dolphins was sighted foraging to the left of the cardinal buoy and one dolphin was sighted staying just in front of the cardinal buoy.  In the middle of the survey three dolphins were sighted travelling W towards the fish factory.

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19/10/2014 – bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

20 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-3, wind SW
One Atlantic grey seal

An hour into the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water swimming along the front of the pier heading towards the fish factory

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 3/4, wind S-SW
Bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging out from the pier. At the start of the second hour, four bottlenose dolphins including a mother and calf were seen in front of the pier travelling east. Shortly afterwards, one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging just off the pier towards the Cardinal buoy.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 3, wind SW
Atlantic grey seal

Within the last hour of the survey, an bull Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water around the harbour.

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18/10/2014- bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

19 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/dull/sunny, sea state 1, wind S-SE
One Atlantic grey seal and two bottlenose dolphins
At the start of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall. Later in the survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near the Cardinal Buoy. At the end of the survey a dolphin was seen close to the harbour wall, foraging.

2hr survey. start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/dull/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind S-SW

No sightings

2hr survey. start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/dull/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind S-SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water in front of the harbour wall. 30minutes into the survey large numbers of dolphins were seen splashing and leaping on the horizon.

2hr survey. start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/ sunny, sea state 3, wind S-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen far offshore. an hour into the survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen near the harbour wall in the water. A few minutes later more dolphins were spotted offshore travelling east.

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17/10/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and atlantic grey seal

18 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny/rain, sea state 1, wind SW.
Five bottlenose dolphins

After a quiet start to the survey in the last half hour five bottlenose dolphins entered the bay and began foraging near the cardinal buoy, before travelling with deep foraging dives back and forth across the bay for some time.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: rain/overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind S
Three bottlenose dolphins

Immediately at the beginning of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen in the bay, travelling decisively west across the bay towards the fish factory. They then left the bay and the bay remained empty of animals for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind SE
One Atlantic grey seal

In the last 15 minutes of the survey a single Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the bay, north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-3, wind S

No sightings

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16/10/2014- Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

17 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time  09:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2, wind S/SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

Four dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy, including a mother and calf, at the beginning of the survey. These animals were then not spotted for 15 minutes. Another four dolphins were then spotted near the cardinal buoy, possibly the same animals as before. These dolphins remained around the harbour, foraging and travelling around for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sun/overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind S/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey three dolphins were seen in the bay, including a mother and calf travelling NW. After half an hour into the survey, no further dolphins were spotted.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain & showers/sunny, sea sate 1-2, wind SE/S
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

No animals were spotted in the first half an hour of the survey, however half an hour in, a seal and a dolphins were spotted. Two more dolphins appeared shortly after, all appearing to be foraging. The dolphins moved around the bay for the remainder of the survey, presumably looking for fish, and another seal was spotted in the water near the fish factory.

2hr survey . Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sun & showers/overcast/rain, sea state 1-2. Wind S/SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

One dolphin was seen for the first half an hour of the survey, foraging near the cardinal buoy. Another dolphin was then spotted foraging near the fish factory. These dolphins were then joined by two groups of two dolphins which also appeared to be foraging near the fish factory. Near the end of the survey, one of the dolphins was seen to be leaping and tail slapping near the cardinal buoy.

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15/10/2014- Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

16 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time  09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny/fair, sea state 2-3, wind SE/E/NE

No sightings

2hr survey. start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 3, wind E/SE
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey, one dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. More dolphins then presumably joined this individual to forage near the cardinal buoy. Half way through the survey the dolphins appeared to travel off. At the very end of the survey a grey seal was spotted near the fish factory.

2hr survey. start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain/dull/rain & showers, sea sate 2-3, wind E/SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey several individuals were spotted near the fish factory. A pair of active animals were see, also near the fish factory. These dolphins remained in the harbour for the majority of the survey, up until the last 15 minutes.

2hr survey . start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain/mist, sea state 3. Wind SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

For the first 45 minutes of the survey, three dolphins could be seen travelling throughout the harbour, showing active behavior such as tail slapping. The group then appeared to either split up or replaced by different animals, as one animal could be seen foraging by the cardinal buoy and two animals were near the fish factory. A mother and calf group could be seen splashing around near the fish factory and later near the harbour wall. A curious female grey seal was seen at several points later in the survey.

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14/10/2014- Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

15 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time  09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind SW/NE-E
Five bottlenose dolphins and two atlantic grey seals

Within the first half hour a bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging close to the harbour wall, within a few minutes a second dolphin was spotted a few metres away. These two dolphins together swam offshore. Soon after another dolphin appeared foraging close to the harbour wall, travelling up and down the harbour wall for 20minutes before also swimming north offshore. In the second hour of the survey three dolphins were spotted leaping far offshore. one hour and 30minutes into the survey an Atltanic grey seal popped her head up close to the harbour wall, soon followed by another a few meters away.

2hr survey. start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind E-NE
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal

One hour 45minutes into the survey a dolphin was seen foraging near the Cardinal Buoy, at the same time a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted half way between the Cardinal Buoy and end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea sate 1-2, wind N-NNE
Five bottlenose dolphins

All sightings were in the last half hour of the survey. a mother and calf were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy, before travelling west. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen in the harbour, splashing and tail slapping.

2hr survey . start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2-3. Wind NNW-N-NNE
Five bottlenose dolphins

All sightings were within the first hour of the survey. Three dolphins were seen travelling out of the survey area towards the fish factory, this group split with two dolphins travelling east back into the survey area far offshore. Two more bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at the Cardinal Buoy.

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13/10/2014- Atlantic grey seals

14 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions:  fair/overcast/rain, sea state 3/4, wind N
Three Atlantic grey seals

Seals were spotted at the beginning of the survey near the harbour wall however no further sightings occurred half an hour into the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 5. Wind W/SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 5, wind N
One Atlantic grey seal

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind W/SW
One Atlantic grey seal

A male seal was spotted in the water near the fish factory towards the beginning of the survey, however no further sightings occurred.

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