18/08/2016: Twelve bottlenose dolphins, one grey seal.

20 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

18/08/2016: Twelve bottlenose dolphins, one grey seal.

2hr survey. Start time 09:55
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility 1-10km, moderate swell
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen thirty metres away from the boat made up of two adults and a juvenile and they were displaying foraging behaviour and traveling in a SE direction. Towards the end of the survey, another group of three bottlenose dolphins (two adults and a juvenile) were seen twenty metres from the boat displaying foraging behaviour and also moved away from the boat and were leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility <10km, light swell
Four bottlenose dolphins

A group of two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen 90 metres from the boat at the beginning of the survey, displaying foraging behaviour and also tail slapping. Half way through the survey, another group of two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen 60 metres from the boat and were also tail slapping and diving for long periods of time.

2hr survey. Start time 14:04
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

Half way into the survey, a group of two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping 1800 metres from the boat. Twenty minutes after, one male, adult Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks.

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18/08/2016: Twenty one bottlenose dolphins, one common (harbour) seal, one Atlantic grey seal

20 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

18/08/2016: Twenty one bottlenose dolphins, one common (harbour) seal, one Atlantic grey seal
2hr survey. Start time 7:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W

Four bottlenose dolphins, one common (harbour) seal

 
Half an hour into the survey, a young common (harbour) seal was seen in the water a few metres off the harbour wall. During the last half an hour of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was seen near the cardinal marker milling around at the surface and during the last fifteen minutes, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen not far from the harbour wall and were also milling around at the surface.

 
2hr survey. Start time 9:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW

One common (harbour) seal, six bottlenose dolphins

 
The common (harbour) seal seen in the previous survey was hauled out on Dolau beach for the entirety of the survey. The group of three bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey were present for the whole of the survey, observed foraging near the cardinal marker. Fifteen minutes into the survey, a mother and calf pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed foraging near the harbour wall and remained for roughly forty five minutes. Forty five minutes into the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging. In the second half of the survey, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging near the yellow buoy, remaining for roughly half an hour. Towards the end of the survey, a lone juvenile bottlenoses dolphin was seen foraging just off the harbour wall.

 
2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW

Three bottlenose dolphins

 
The juvenile bottlenose dolphin from the end of the previous survey was still present at the beginning of the survey, observed travelling in a westerly direction after roughly half an hour. A pair of bottlenose dolphins was also observed foraging near the cardinal marker at the beginning of the survey. One of the bottlenose dolphins from the group of two remained at the cardinal marker displaying foraging behaviour and was present until an hour and a half into the survey.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction NW

Eight bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

 
Within the first fifteen minutes a bottlenose dolphin was sighted around the cardinal marker, before being joined by one more individual who remained for the duration of the survey. Up to three additional bottlenose dolphins entered the area from the north west, joining the two around the cardinal marker. Several other individuals joined this group over the remainder of the survey, with up to seven bottlenose dolphins being at one time. The behaviour displayed largely consisted of long sustained diving, which may indicate foraging. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen, directly north of the harbour wall.

 
2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 0/1, wind direction S/NW/SE

One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin, presumably left from the group observed in the previous survey, remained for the first half hour of the survey. The individual was seen milling around the cardinal marker, before leaving the survey area to the north east. No further sightings were recorded for the remainder of the survey.

 
2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW

Four bottlenose dolphins

 
Bottlenose dolphins were first sited approximately forty five minutes into the survey time. A group of two and one solitary bottlenose dolphin were seen around the headland, north of the harbour wall, before being joined by an additional individual. The bottlenose dolphins remained for the second half of the survey, in which they displayed behaviour that suggests foraging as well as tail slapping leaping.

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17/08/2016: Twelve bottlenose dolphins, four harbour porpoise and ten Atlantic grey seals

18 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 09:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Ten bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

Early in the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging and travelling in New Quay Bay. Over the course of the next hour one Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling in the water and upon arrival at Ynys-Lochtyn a group of five bottlenose dolphins including a calf and juvenile were seen foraging and bow-riding. In the next two hours, three Atlantic grey seals were spotted. One bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling and leaping offshore off New Quay headland. Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted shortly before arriving New Quay Bay, where two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging.

4hr survey. Start time 13:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins, four harbour porpoise and five Atlantic grey seals

In the first half hour of the survey, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water. A little later, a group of four harbour porpoise including a juvenile were seen foraging offshore of Cwmtydu. Over the course of the next hour, one Atlantic grey seal and four common terns sitting on a log were spotted. On arrival at Aberporth headland, two bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging. On the return journey to New Quay, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water, one of them male.

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17/08/2016: 14 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

18 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings, Uncategorized

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE

Four bottlenose dolphins

 Two bottlenose dolphins were seen fifteen minutes into the survey, eventually travelling to the cardinal marker from the headland. The bottlenose dolphins stayed at the marker for the remaining one and half hours, displaying foraging like behaviour with splashing being seen. The group was group by up to two other individuals throughout this time, with three remaining at the cardinal marker by end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE

Three bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins, presumably those seen at the end of the last survey, where seen displaying behaviour which may indicate foraging around the cardinal marker for the first half an hour of the survey. The group then split, with two remaining at the marker and the other around the headland to the north of the harbour wall before leaving the area. The two individuals at the cardinal marker separated, with one staying at the marker and the other travelling to the north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE

Five bottlenose dolphins

Two of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey stayed at the cardinal marker for the first half an hour of the survey, with splashing began seen. After a period fifteen minutes without a sighting, one Atlantic grey seal was seen north of the headland travelling south, before leaving the area. An individual bottlenose dolphin seen around the cardinal marker and then travelling toward the headland whilst being joined by two more bottlenose dolphins.  The group then split with one moving directly north of the sea wall and two moving to the cardinal marker, where they were seen foraging. The two joined up again around the headland and travelled back towards the marker, with an individual travelling past them towards the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NE/E

Seven bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen north of the harbour wall around the headland, with one seen at the cardinal marker. A large group of up to five bottlenose dolphins entered the area north of the cardinal marker. The two seen previously around harbour wall joined the other group around the cardinal marker, totalling seven. The group left the area half an hour later, with no further sightings being recorded in this survey..

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE/E

 No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

 No sightings.

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16/08/2016: 12 bottlenose dolphins,10 Atlantic grey seals and 4 harbour porpoises `

18 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings, Uncategorized

4hr survey. Start time: 09:48

Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell

10 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were seen throughout the duration of this four hour boat survey. The largest group seen was a group of five individuals, which consisted of a three adults, one juvenile and one calf. The majority of other bottlenose dolphin and seal sightings were solitary, with the exception of two adult dolphins seen together foraging.

4hr survey. Start time: 14:10

Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell

2 bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals and four harbour porpoises.

Atlantic grey seals were seen throughout the survey with all sightings being of individuals either bottling or in the water. Four harbour porpoises, three adults and a juvenile were observed approximately half an hour into the survey foraging, two adult bottlenose dolphins were sighted also foraging.

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15/08/2016: 14 bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

16 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 09:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

The first sighting of the survey occurred right at the beginning where two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the New Quay bay area, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water shortly after. Another two bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen in close contact with each other, milling and foraging. About an hour later, one individual dolphin was seen foraging, and an Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning around the area. Later into the survey, a bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling fast in a north-easterly direction whilst also displaying foraging and lunging behaviour. Another three dolphins were seen foraging from a distance; and then a short while after two more individuals were seen again from a distance but they were too far to observe any specific behaviour. As the survey was coming to an end a harbour porpoise was spotted foraging. During the survey there were also sightings of compass jellyfish, manx shearwaters and gannets.

2hr survey. Start time 14:08
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

There were a total of three sightings on this survey. A pregnant female seal was seen hauled out onto some rocks about ten minutes into the survey, and then there was another sighting of a female seal in the water. About an hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were observed foraging. Shags, cormorants, and kittiwakes were also seen during the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:32
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Four bottlenose dolphins

A group of four bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile was spotted towards the end of the survey displaying a variety of behaviour including foraging, tail-slapping and lunging.

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15/08/2016: Six Bottlenose dolphins

16 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

A group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling in a south-easterly direction at the beginning of the survey. They were observed foraging around the survey area for the majority of the survey spending most of their time around the cardinal buoy. One of the individuals was recognised as a calf towards the end. There were also sightings of black-headed gulls, great black-backed gulls, oystercatchers and cormorants.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2/1, wind directions SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The same group of dolphins including the calf were observed during this survey firstly by the cardinal buoy then reappearing close to the harbour wall. They displayed splashy surface behaviour initially then were seen foraging for a period of time before leaving the survey area.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE/N/NE

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW/N
Four bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings until the final 30 minutes of the survey where a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen milling around at the surface offshore. They then began travelling in an easterly direction and another individual dolphin was seen foraging offshore before the survey came to a close.

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15/08/2016: 14 bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

16 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 09:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2/3, visibility >10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seals, one harbour porpoise

The first sighting of the survey occurred right at the beginning where two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the New Quay bay area, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water shortly after. Another two bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen in close contact with each other, milling and foraging. About an hour later, one individual dolphin was seen foraging, and an Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning around the area. Later into the survey, a bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling fast in a north-easterly direction whilst also displaying foraging and lunging behaviour. Another three dolphins were seen foraging from a distance; and then a short while after two more individuals were seen again from a distance but they were too far to observe any specific behaviour. As the survey was coming to an end a harbour porpoise was spotted foraging. During the survey there were also sightings of compass jellyfish, manx shearwaters and gannets.

2hr survey. Start time 14:08
Weather conditions: sea state 0/1/2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

There were a total of three sightings on this survey. A pregnant female seal was seen hauled out onto some rocks about ten minutes into the survey, and then there was another sighting of a female seal in the water. About an hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were observed foraging. Shags, cormorants, and kittiwakes were also seen during the survey.

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14/08/2016: 26 bottlenose dolphins, ten harbour porpoise and six Atlantic grey seals

15 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

9hr survey. Start time 09:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
21 bottlenose dolphins, ten harbour porpoise, four Atlantic grey seals

Early in the survey period, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water offshore of New Quay, as well as an unidentified cetacean and two harbour porpoise. After two hours of bird sightings including a stormpetrel, manx shearwater, gannets, and guillemots, ten foraging harbour porpoise were spotted over the course of the next hour. Later in the afternoon, sixteen bottlenose dolphins were spotted over the next two hours, foraging, milling, leaping, travelling, and bow-riding. On the last leg returning from Ynys-Lochtyn, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water. Five adult bottlenose dolphins were also seen tail-slapping, resting, and socialising.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

On the return journey from Ynys-Lochtyn, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water. One female Atlantic grey seal was seen, as well as one male Atlantic grey seal swimming in a south-easterly direction. On returning to New Quay headland, five bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging and bow-riding a sailboat.

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14/08/2016: Eleven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seal

15 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction N-NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway into the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker. There they were seen displaying splashy behaviour and leaping until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Three of the bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area and were seen foraging by the cardinal marker and travelling near the headland. After disappearing for a short while, two bottlenose dolphins were again seen near the cardinal marker, foraging and milling at the surface. Three further bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were later seen displaying splashy behaviour, mingling at the surface, foraging, chasing fish at the surface, and travelling between headland and cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, four adult bottlenose dolphins and one calf were seen foraging north of the cardinal marker, before leaving the survey area. About halfway into the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf, were seen foraging south of the cardinal marker. Later one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling across the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the first half of the survey. Two bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling north of the headland in a westerly direction. Later, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction N
Two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in the water near the headland. Half an hour later, a second Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in an easterly direction north of the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE-NW

No sightings.

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