16/05/2015: Five bottlenose dolphins

17 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 09:00.

Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction NW/W, sea state 3

No sightings

 

2hr survey. start time 11:00.

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, wind direction NW, sea state 4

Four bottlenose dolphins

In the last quarter of the survey two dolphins were first seen north of the harbour wall regularly surfacing and travelling west whilst also jumping out of the water. Two more were then seen milling at the surface.

 

2hr survey. start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, wind direction NW, sea state 3/2

Five bottlenose dolphins

A group of five bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were seen from the start of the survey jumping and leaping out of the water. These individuals then moved east towards the cardinal buoy. Three were then later seen in a similar position travelling south bow-riding sailing boats and two were later seen also bow riding. At the beginning of the second half of the survey two individuals were still seen at the cardinal buoy jumping out of the water and three were seen west of these also jumping but travelling West out of the harbour towards the fish factory. Nothing was then sighted for the rest of the survey.

 

2hr survey. start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction SW, sea state 2/3

No sightings

 

2hr survey. start time 17:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction SW, sea state 3/2/1

No sightings

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15/05/2015: Six bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal.

16 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

15/05/2015: Six bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal.

2hr survey. Start time 7:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction SE, sea state 1.

In the first quarter of the survey period two groups of three bottlenose dolphins were observed. The first group was observed travelling east, with one individual later observed milling about the surface and displaying leaps/tail slaps/lunges north-east of the harbour wall. The second group was observed soon after in front of the fish factory travelling west with rapid progress.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction SE, sea state 1.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair/overcast, wind direction SE, sea state 1.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast, wind direction SE, sea state 1.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast, wind direction S, sea state 1.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, wind direction S/SW, sea state 1.

In the first quarter of the survey period one Atlantic grey seal was observed north of the harbour wall travelling west.

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14/05/2015: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

15 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

Nothing was spotted until the last half of the second half of the survey when two bottlenose dolphins were seen near the fish factory milling at the surface. This then increased to three individuals and fast circling and leaping behaviours were displayed.
2hr survey. start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, wind direction SE, sea state 2/3
Ten bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was spotted near the fish factory at the beginning of the survey in the water. Five dolphins were then seen near to the harbour wall leaping and tail slapping, and one was in the harbour foraging at depth. These behaviours continued into the second half of the survey and then ten individuals were spotted travelling east towards the cardinal buoy. Eight individuals were then spotted leaping north east of the harbour wall.
2hr survey. start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, wind direction E, sea state 3

No sightings
2hr survey. start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, wind direction NE, sea state 3

No sightings

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13/05/15 Three Grey Seals, Two Bottlenosed Dolphins and Several Barrel Jellyfish

14 May 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

Two adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted close to the boat about an hour into the survey travelling north. Later on a grey seal was seen in the water as the boat began heading back to New Quay.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. start time 14:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
One grey seal.

One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming behind Sulaire as we approached Cwmtydu beach before it dived. Lots of seabird rafts were seen along the coast, mainly of guillemots and razorbills.

2hr30 survey. Start time 16:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
One Atlantic grey seal and several barrel jellyfish.

This was a survey conducted from Aberystwyth to New Quay. One adult grey seal was seen bottling approximately two hours into the survey a couple of hundred metres from the boat. Several barrel jellyfish were also seen on the trip.

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13/05/15 Two Grey Seals, Three Bottlenosed Dolphins and Two Barrel Jellyfish

14 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00.
Weather Conditions: Fair, wind direction NE, sea state 1

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair or overcast, wind direction NW to NE, sea state 1-2
One Atlantic grey seal.

One hour into this survey a grey seal was sighted swimming north of the harbour wall heading for the fish factory. It remained at the surface for a couple of minutes before diving.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair becoming sunny, wind direction NW-NE, sea state 1

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction N-NE, sea state 2
One Atlantic Grey Seal.

At the beginning of the survey a grey seal was seen near the fish factory in the water looking around. It was only seen briefly before diving. Two barrel jellyfish were also seen right by the harbour wall during the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction NE, sea state 3 decreasing to 2

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction NE, sea state 2
Three bottlenose dolphins.

For the first half of the survey there were no sightings, but in the second hour a group of three bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling west towards the fish factory. The same group remained throughout the rest of the survey but split into different groups. One of the individuals began doing very energetic movements such as tail slaps and leaping beyond the fish factory while another came close into the harbour wall and milled about at the surface regularly coming up to breathe. The other dolphin approached a nearby dolphin spotting boat for a while. In the final section of the survey one of the dolphins left our survey area, but the other two remained close to the wall still surfacing regularly.

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12/05/2015 14 Bottlenose Dolphins and One Atlantic Grey Seal

13 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 07:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast/ Fair/ Sunny, Seat state 2, wind direction S
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted to the left of the cardinal buoy taking long dives at the beginning of the survey, and two were spotted within the harbour milling at the surface. The individuals within the harbour then moved around to the north of the harbour wall towards the end of the first half of the survey and were seen travelling North West towards the fish factory. Two individuals were then spotted close to the end of the harbour wall mingling at the surface and leaping before no individuals were seen for the remainder of the survey.
2hr Survey, Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny/fair, sea state 2/3/4, wind direction SW

No sightings
2hr Survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction SW

No sightings
2hr Survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3/4, wind direction SW

No sightings
2hr Survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was seen at the beginning of the survey north of the harbour wall swimming in the water. Six bottlenose dolphins were then spotted taking long dives and travelling east. It is thought that these individuals then split up and two were seen within the harbour and four were seen just off the end of the harbour wall milling at the surface. During the second half of the survey four individuals were seen surfacing regularly, lunging foraging and jumping just north east of the end of the harbour wall. These individuals were joined by three more individuals, joining in with the jumping and leaping behaviours that were being displayed and these behaviours were shown until the end of the survey.
2hr Survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was seen just left of the cardinal buoy taking long dives. This individual was then joined by two more and then no sightings were recorded for the rest of the survey.

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11/05/15 One Bottlenose Dolphin and Two Atlantic Grey Seals

12 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/S/SE
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic Grey Seal was seen just north of the harbour wall taking long dives.

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

No sightings to report.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny-Overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

During the land survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen north of the harbour wall taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour near the end of the survey in the water.

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10/05/15 Five Bottlenose Dolphins, Two Harbour Porpoise and Two Grey Seals

11 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction SW
4 bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were spotted around half way through the survey. The animals came in two distinct groups to begin with, but seemed to switch groups or become one small pod throughout the sighting. They were seen doing a variety of behaviours, travelling through the harbour, milling at the surface and doing deeper dives were all seen, and then later in the survey a lot of energetic behaviours occurred where the dolphins were seen tail slapping, leaping and deep diving.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
One grey seal

A solitary grey seal was seen in the water at the beginning of the survey near the fish factory, but quickly vanished. No other sightings occurred.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S-SE
One grey seal, one bottlenose dolphin and two harbour porpoise

To start off this survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling in the water north of the harbour wall but was only seen briefly before it dived. After that, about half way through the survey, a solitary bottlenose dolphin was seen north east of the wall staying in a small area doing long dives, possibly foraging.
Not long after the dolphin left the harbour two harbour porpoises were seen travelling west together towards the fish factory. They too were only seen during one period of the survey before disappearing.

2 hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair but overcast later on, sea state 2, wind direction varied from SE to SW

There were no sightings during this survey.

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09/05/15 10 Bottlenose Dolphins and One Atlantic Grey Seal

10 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Rainy, sea state 2-4, wind direction W
2 Bottlenose Dolphins

During the first half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted just off the fish factory milling at the surface and taking long dives. A second bottlenose dolphin was then spotted beside the fish factory milling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W-NW
6 bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

During the first half of the survey an Atlantic Grey Seal was seen far north of the harbour wall swimming before diving. During the second half of the survey 3 bottlenose dolphins were spotted north of the harbour wall milling at the surface. A further 2 bottlenose joined this group and the dolphins were seen leaping, tail splashing and spyhopping which is where the head is poked vertically out of the water. The dolphins then split into smaller groups moving into different areas of the bay including by the cardinal buoy and on the inside of the harbour wall. Atleast one other bottlenose dolphin moved into the survey area towards the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
8 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey 4 bottlenose dolphins were spotted south of the harbour wall and 2 north of the harbour wall. The dolphins were taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth and some leaping was seen by one of the dolphins north of the wall. Later in the survey a total of 8 bottlenose were spotted. 1 was spotted south of the harbour wall leaping and the other 7 north of the wall were taking long dives. 6 of the dolphins were then spotted out towards the cardinal buoy leaping and lunging. After this they were not seen again.

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

No sightings to report

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08/05/2015: 1 Atlantic Grey Seal and 2 Bottlenose Dolphins

09 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, Wind direction SE
One atlantic grey seal

No sightings through the survey until the very end when there was one atlantic grey seal spotted just north of the harbour wall in the water. It quickly disappeared after it first appeared so we are not sure whether it was a male or female.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Raining/overcast, sea state 2, Wind direction SE
One atlantic grey seal, two bottlenose dolphins.

The same atlantic grey seal from the previous survey period was spotted at the beginning of this survey period. An adult and juvenile bottlenose dolphin were spotted also near the fish factory at the beginning and moved towards the harbour wall and right into the harbour. Towards the end of the survey they moved back out towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Raining, sea state 3, Wind direction SE

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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