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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12/10/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise

13 October 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sea state 2/3, Visibility >10km, Light swell
24 bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

Early in the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen off New Quay headland. This group included one calf and were foraging and leaping, and were soon joined by five more adults.  Further down the coast and a couple of kilometers offshore a single harbour porpoise was briefly spotted. Later in the survey in the bay off Aberporth a large number of dolphins were seen, with 14 adults, two calves and a juvenile foraging, leaping, feeding and socialising around the bay. On the return to New Quay bay another dolphin was seen from a distance.

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12/10/14: Bottlenose dolphins and atlantic grey seals

13 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind SW
12 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a single atlantic grey seal was seen in the water off Traeth Gwyn. Shortly afterwards and for the remainder of the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the bay, with two adults splashing and jumping close to the harbour wall early on, and towards the end of the survey as many as 12 dolphins were in the bay, including two calves, with behaviours of foraging and jumping and chasing prey.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind E
16 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey eight bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. Shortly afterwards more animals entered the bay leaving six adult dolphins and one calf foraging near the cardinal buoy, and six more adults in the bay north of the harbour wall. Dolphins remained in the bay for the rest of the survey, with five in front of the harbour wall, and five near the cardinal buoy by the end of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-4, wind N
Four bottlenose dolphins

During the first hour of the survey four individual bottlenose dolphins came and went in the bay, all foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 4-2, wind N
Three bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen in the first three quarters of the survey, with three bottlenose dolphins foraging and leaping in the bay north of the harbour wall.

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11/10/14-bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

12 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions:  fair/overcast, sea state 1/2, wind S
Six bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were present throughout the whole survey, including a mother and calf pair. Foraging behaviour was seen for most of the dolphins, who were located close to the harbour wall as well as near to the fish factory. The mother and calf remained close to the wall for the majority of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1. Wind S/SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind S/SSW
One Atlantic grey seal

Towards the end of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen to be eating a fish close to the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The second half of the survey saw three bottlenose dolphins displaying tail slaps and leaps near to the cardinal buoy and another individual was seen by the fish factory, travelling towards the group. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted by the fish factory, later travelling out towards the cardinal buoy.

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