23/04/15: 9 Atlantic Grey Seals

24 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:44
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10Km, light swell
7 Atlantic grey seals

During the survey 7 Atlantic grey seals were seen including 3 females, 2 males and 2 where the sex was unknown. 4 of the sightings were of singular seals either in the water or hauled out on the rocks. The last sighting was of a group of 3 seals.

2hr survey. Start time 13:59
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10Km, light swell
2 Atlantic grey seals

2 Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted during the boat survey in the afternoon, both of them female. One of them was an adult, the other one a juvenile. Both of them were seen scanning.

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22/04/14: 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, 73 Atlantic Grey Seals

23 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

22/04/14: 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, 73 Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell
11 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic Grey Seals

The first sighting of five bottlenose dolphins was just round the headland passed the fish factory, these dolphins were foraging including some short dives and leaps out of the water. The second and third groups of dolphins (both groups of three) were quite close together and little further round the headland, these animals were also foraging. There appeared to be at least one juvenile with all three groups. On the way back in to New Quay towards the end of the boat survey, two Atlantic Grey Seals were seen in the water they appeared to be a male and a female.

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22/04/15: 14 Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

23 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

22/04/15: 14 Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE
Three bottlenose dolphins

A group of three bottlenose dolphins moved throughout the survey area for the last hour of the survey, initially they were travelling in a north easterly direction from the cardinal buoy but then began foraging including long dives and chasing prey at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction E-SE
2 Bottlenose dolphins

An adult and a juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen sporadically throughout the survey period. They were foraging by the cardinal buoy initially including deep dives, and then were seen to be travelling and foraging in an easterly direction from the fish factory towards the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction E-SE
9 bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen sporadically through the first hour of the survey in groups of one, three and five. There was a juvenile with both the group of three and with the group of five. The group of three were mingling at the surface with some leaps and tail slaps seen, while the group of five were travelling in an easterly direction towards the fish factory. In the second half of the survey, a Grey Seal was seen in the water not far from the harbour wall.

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21/04/15: 6 Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

23 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E to no wind
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic Grey Seal

At the start of the survey 3 bottlenose dolphins were seen out towards the cardinal buoy diving for long periods and were thought to be foraging. An additional two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were then seen north of the harbour wall heading east. These 5 bottlenose then moved west towards the harbour wall, an Atlantic Grey Seal was also seen in this area. The dolphins then moved back towards the area surrounding the cardinal buoy. Throughout the survey they exhibited a range of behaviour including foraging on the move, milling at the surface and leaping and jumping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E
6 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two of the bottlenose were seen one milling just east of the harbour the wall the other one north of the wall thought to be foraging on the move travelling east. 3 dolphins including one calf were then seen around the cardinal buoy for the rest of the survey shallowing diving and regularly surfacing. These dolphins were thought to be the same group seen in the previous survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE becoming NW
6 Bottlenose dolphins

The 5 bottlenose dolphins were also seen during this survey and an additional bottlenose was also counted. Throughout the survey they remained around the cardinal buoy area mainly in 2 groups one of 4 including a calf and one of 2. They were taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth and some were seen leaping out of the water and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE becoming no wind
6 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey the 6 bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were still spotted around the cardinal buoy area diving at depth. For the rest of the survey there were no sightings

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21/04/2015 73 Atlantic Grey Seals and 12 bottlenose dolphins

22 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 14:05
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility1-10km,light swell
73 Atlantic Grey Seals and bottlenose dolphins

Some of our volunteers went out on boat training yesterday and had a great day of spotting. 12 bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling towards the boat and east at high speed leaping and jumping out of the water. 71 Atlantic Grey Seals were sighted in one area with 30 in the water and 41 hauled out on the rocks. 2 other female Atlantic Grey seals were spotted in different locations on the journey.

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20/04/15: 5 Bottlenose dolphins

21 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/04/15: Bottlenose dolphins

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1-2; wind direction NE
Five bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile

Dolphins were seen for the first 1 and a half hours of the survey in 3 groups (of 2, 3 and 1) They were seen foraging through most of the survey area but most sightings occurred between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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19/04/15: Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

20 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
7 bottlenose dolphins

Three different groups of dolphins were spotted in this survey period with them coming in from the fish factory and moving as far out as the cardinal buoy. They were travelling west across the bay for the majority of the survey period and each of the groups had a calf with them. There was some boat interactions and at one stage the dolphins showed their flukes off to one boat perhaps showing off.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Two groups from the previous survey period stayed near the fish factory and the cardinal buoy showing off with tail slapping and leaping from the water. There was one boat encounter in this survey period near the fish factory but the group were not bother even though the boat did not stay to the code of conduct.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N

No sightings to report for this survey period

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather Conditions: Fair, sea state 3, Wind direction NE

No sightings to report for this survey period

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18/04/15 Four Bottlenose Dolphins

19 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea-state 4, wind direction NNE becoming NE
No sightings

No sightings to report for this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction SE-E
No sightings

No sightings to report for this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NE
No sightings

No sightings to report for this survey

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NE-SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were spotted off the fish factory heading east  leaping out of the water and at one point were following a sailing boat. They moved back towards the fish factory and were joined by another bottlenose where they were foraging and pursuing a shoal of fish which could be seen at the surface of the water. The dolphins stuck together as a tight group while they were foraging and were followed closely by a flock of birds.

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17/04/15 Six Bottlenose Dolphins and a Atlantic Grey Seal

18 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW becoming SE
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the start one bottlenose dolphin was north of the harbour wall and two were spotted south of the harbour wall including a calf taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth. These bottlenose then moved east and another group of 2 bottlenose appeared just off from the fish factory and another east of the wall. They remained in the harbour throughout the two hour period. Two of the animals spent some time bow-riding as a trip boat pulled into the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: variable from fair to sunny to overcast, sea state 2, wind direction E
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf

The five of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey including a mother and calf remained in the harbour but headed away from our viewing point towards the fish factory where we lost sight of them. Some fast movement was seen with tail slapping and leaps before they left the area. There were no other sightings during the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction N-NE
No sightings.

No sightings occurred during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction E-SE
One Atlantic grey seal

Through most of the survey we had no sightings, however a grey seal arrived in the last 15 minute section. It was spotted in the water very close to the land by the fish factory.

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16/04/15 Five Bottlenose Dolphins and a Grey seal

17 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE
No sightings to report

Yesterday was very good weather for dolphin spotting but sadly no sightings to report.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NE
No sightings to report

No sightings to report during the second survey of the day.

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N
No sightings to report

No sightings to report for this survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins appeared near the fish factory and a grey seal was also spotted nearby. They swam around for a while, probably feeding and they left heading back down the coast. There was two boat encounters with the bottlenose dolphins but all was well with them.

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