26/08/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

27 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast. Sea state 2. Wind E.
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and milling at the surface in the bay before travelling to the harbour wall where they began foraging. A mother and calf were also seen foraging by the small pier in the harbour.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind NE.
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at the cardinal buoy. Then nothing was seen until the last half hour of the survey, when a male Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling west by the harbour wall, and two dolphins were seen travelling by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea State 3-4. Wind NE-ENE
Three Bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy, with a mother and calf later seen foraging off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind ENE-NE.
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphins was seen by the fish factory travelling east in the last half hour of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 3. Wind E-SE.
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway through the survey one bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy. Two dolphins were then seen travelling east towards the cardinal buoy. Finally, one dolphin was seen foraging by the buoy during the last half hour of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny. Sea state 2-3. Wind E-NE.

No Sightings

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26/08/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

27 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather Conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Two bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic Grey Seals

At the start of the survey two female Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water by birds rock. Later in the survey a female Atlantic grey seal and a new born pup were seen hauled out just past Cwmtydu. Finally two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf pair) were seen travelling by target rock, with a gannet flying overhead.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather Conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, moderate swell.
Four bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf pair) were seen foraging and feeding by target rock, with herring gulls and gannets flying overhead. Shortly after one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging by birds rock. Another bottlenose dolphin was briefly seen by the bird colonies. Later in the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen past Cwmtydu. Shortly after another female Atlantic grey seal was seen with a pup. Finally an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water at Cwmtydu.

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25/08/2014: Ten bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

26 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell.
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay bay, one on either side of the boat. Half way through the trip three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near Ynys Lochtyn. In the last half hour of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near Cwmtydu. At the end of the survey another bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near New Quay head.

2hr survey. Start time 14:20
Weather Conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
One Atlantic grey seal and four bottlenose dolphins

Within the first half hour of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near Target Rock, and within five minutes four bottlenose dolphins were seen traveling in the same area. At the same time a Gannet was seen flying overhead.

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25/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

26 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: overcast/rain. Sea state 1. Wind S/SSE.
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with two seen immediately milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy. these remained in the area for around half an hour, with a third dolphin also seen foraging nearby. Two further bottlenose dolphins also travelled east past the harbour wall, leaving five individuals in the bay, visible from the harbour wall. By half way through the survey one individual had moved out of the bay leaving three bottlenose dolphins foraging with leaps and jumps in the bay off Traeth Dolau, and a further individual foraging normally a little further out, past the fish factory. These dolphins continued to move around the bay, often coming in close to the harbour wall. by the end of the survey there were once again five bottlenose dolphins in the bay, three foraging near the cardinal buoy, two just to the east of the fish factory and a further individual milling in the bay approximately half way between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Rain. Sea state 2. Wind S.
Four Bottlenose dolphins

With bottlenose dolphins seen throughout the survey, three were seen immediately leaping between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, where they remained foraging for approximately half the survey. A fourth individual was also seen travelling through the bay 15 minutes into the survey however it didn’t remain in the bay very long. An hour into the survey there were once again four bottlenose dolphins in the bay, two foraging fairly far out just west of the cardinal buoy, and two in the bay between Traeth Dolau and the fish factory. Gradually these individuals dissipated leaving only one dolphin in the bay, in the far distance past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair. Sea state 2. Wind SE.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were once again visible in the bay for the entire survey. At the beginning of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging far out in the bay, past the cardinal buoy, with a fifth individual travelling with deep dives heading east away from the fish factory. Gradually the group on the horizon dissipated, and the individual moved about the bay foraging as it went. Just less than half way through the survey it was foraging near the cardinal buoy, and by the end of the survey it was on the horizon past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: fair/overcast. Sea state 3-2. Wind SSE.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Just shy of half way through the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen near the fish factory. One of the group was foraging with the other two travelling east across the bay. At the half way point in the survey there were two individuals travelling between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy, and a further two foraging normally just off the fish factory. A mother and calf, later identified as “Jackie” and her calf were seen shortly afterwards, milling at the surface just off the end of the harbour wall. They then moved on out towards the cardinal buoy. where another mother and calf were seen foraging, along with a fifth individual.

 

2hr survey. start time 0900

Weather conditions: overcast/rain. Sea state 1. Wind S/SSE.

Seven bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with two seen immediately milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy. these remained in the area for around half an hour, with a third dolphin also seen foraging nearby. Two further bottlenose dolphins also travelled east past the harbour wall, leaving five individuals in the bay, visible from the harbour wall. By half way through the survey one individual had moved out of the bay leaving three bottlenose dolphins foraging with leaps and jumps in the bay off Traeth Dolau, and a further individual foraging normally a little further out, past the fish factory. These dolphins continued to move around the bay, often coming in close to the harbour wall. by the end of the survey there were once again five bottlenose dolphins in the bay, three foraging near the cardinal buoy, two just to the east of the fish factory and a further individual milling in the bay approximately half way between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100

Weather conditions: Rain. Sea state 2. Wind S.

Four Bottlenose dolphins

With bottlenose dolphins seen throughout the survey, three were seen immediately leaping between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, where they remained foraging for approximately half the survey. A fourth individual was also seen travelling through the bay 15 minutes into the survey however it didn’t remain in the bay very long. An hour into the survey there were once again four bottlenose dolphins in the bay, two foraging fairly far out just west of the cardinal buoy, and two in the bay between Traeth Dolau and the fish factory. Gradually these individuals dissipated leaving only one dolphin in the bay, in the far distance past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1300

Weather conditions: Overcast/fair. Sea state 2. Wind SE.

Five bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were once again visible in the bay for the entire survey. At the beginning of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging far out in the bay, past the cardinal buoy, with a fifth individual travelling with deep dives heading east away from the fish factory. Gradually the group on the horizon dissipated, and the individual moved about the bay foraging as it went. Just less than half way through the survey it was foraging near the cardinal buoy, and by the end of the survey it was on the horizon past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1500

Weather conditions: fair/overcast. Sea state 3-2. Wind SSE.

Five bottlenose dolphins

Just shy of half way through the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen near the fish factory. One of the group was foraging with the other two travelling east across the bay. At the half way point in the survey there were two individuals travelling between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy, and a further two foraging normally just off the fish factory. A mother and calf, later identified as “Jackie” and her calf were seen shortly afterwards, milling at the surface just off the end of the harbour wall. They then moved on out towards the cardinal buoy. where another mother and calf were seen foraging, along with a fifth individual.

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24/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

25 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 0900.
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 2. Wind S-SE.
Three Bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey a single bottlenose dolphin travelled across the bay passing close to the end of the harbour wall. For the rest of the first half of the survey an individual was visible foraging near the cardinal buoy. Half way into the survey three dolphins including one juvenile travelled past the harbour. One of these was not seen for the rest of the survey, while the mother and juvenile continued to forage around the bay mostly around the cardinal buoy for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100.
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull. Sea state 1. Wind S.
Four Bottlenose dolphins.

With bottlenose dolphins seen throughout the first half of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen from the start foraging near the cardinal buoy. Soon a third individual joined the group, and shortly afterwards a fourth individual.

2hr survey. Start time: 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull. Sea state 1. Wind SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1500
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull. Sea state 1. Wind S.
Two bottlenose dolphins.

Towards the end of the survey a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging energetically near the fish factory, and shortly a mother and calf seen foraging in the same area.

2hr survey. Start time: 1700
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 1. Wind S.

No sightings.

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24/08/14: Two Atlantic grey seals.

25 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1210.
Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Two Atlantic grey seals.

Early in the survey two Atlantic grey seals were seen just before the bird colonies. One of the individuals was hauled out on rocks, and the other in the water. On the return trip the seal hauled out on the rocks was seen once again in the same position.

2hr survey. Start time 1410.
Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
One Atlantic grey seal

As the boat traveled past the bird colonies a single female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks. It remained there and was seen again on the return to New Quay harbour.

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23/08/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

24 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny. Sea state 3. Wind NW/W/N.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins, One Atlantic Grey Seal.

Three Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey showing a range of behaviours between the Fish factory and the Cardinal Buoy. A Atlantic Grey Seal was seen twice during the survey near Dolau Beach.

2hr survey. Start time: 0900
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 3. Wind NW.
One Bottlenose Dolphin, One Atlantic Grey Seal.

A Atlantic Grey seal was seen at the beginning and during the middle of the survey near Dolau Beach and close to the Cardinal Buoy. A Bottlenose Dolphin was seen for a short while during the survey, however the dolphin was seen foraging and with a fish in their mouth!

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 3-4. Wind NW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 3. Wind NW-WNW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1500
Weather conditions: Sunny/ Fair. Sea state 2-3. Wind NW-WNW- WSW

No sightings.

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22/08/2014: Atlantic Grey Seals

23 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 3-4. Wind NW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 0900
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 3-4. Wind NW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 4-5. Wind NNW-NW.
One Atlantic grey seal.

One Atlantic Grey Seal was seen in the water by Dolau beach halfway through the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 1300
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 4. Wind NW-NNW.
One Atlantic grey seal.

One Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water by Dolau Beach throughout the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 1500
Weather conditions: Sunny/ Fair. Sea state 4/3. Wind NW-NNW

No sightings.

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21/08/14: Five bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

22 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 2. Wind S-SE.

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 2-3. Wind NW-W.
Two bottlenose dolphins.

A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were seen travelling east past the harbour wall towards the cardinal buoy. They remained foraging here for a further half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast. Sea state 3. Wind W.
One Atlantic grey seal.

An Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water off Dolau Beach at various points during the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 1300
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/rain. Sea state 2-3. Wind W.
One Atlantic grey seal.

An Atlantic grey seal was seen close to Dolau Beach near the beginning of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 1500
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 2. Wind W.
No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1700
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast. Sea state 2-3. Wind W.

At the start of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water close to the fish factory. Half an hour later, three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen travelling from the fish factory towards the harbour wall. The mother and calf dolphin continued to travel and forage into New Quay harbour while the single dolphin moved further out away from the harbour wall.

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20/08/14: Six Bottlenose Dolphins

21 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

12/08/14: Six Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time: 0700
Weather conditions: Fair and sunny. Sea state 2-3. Wind WNW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 3. Wind NNW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull. Sea state 3. Wind NW.

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair. Sea state 3. Wind N/NW.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins.

Two Bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind NW.
One Bottlenose dolphin.

One bottlenose dolphins was seen feeding.

2hr survey. Start time 1700
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 3. Wind NW.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen feeding and traveling east.

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