21/04/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins

22 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

21/04/2016: bottlenose dolphins

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

A pair of bottlenose dolphins, one a calf, was sighted off the headland towards the beginning of the survey period, travelling north-west.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
Five bottlenose dolphins

A group of five bottlenose dolphins, one a calf, was sighted off the headland about an hour into the survey period. They were observed travelling in an easterly direction with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3, wind direction N/NE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins, one a calf, were sighted near the cardinal marker at the beginning of the survey period and observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. A further pair of dolphins was sighted off the headland around midday.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

A pair of bottlenose dolphins was sighted near the cardinal marker at the beginning of the survey period and observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE/E/NE/N

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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20/04/2016: 28 Bottlenose Dolphins

21 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1/2/3, wind direction NE/E/SE

21 Bottlenose dolphins spotted from 7:00 throughout the full survey with a gap of no dolphins seen between 8:30 and 8:45. The dolphins were travelling from the fish factory towards the cardinal marker and back around towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather condition: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction E

5 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted from 9:00 throughout the survey with no sightings between 9:15 and 9:30. The dolphins were seen again travelling from the fish factory around towards the cardinal marker and back around towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction E

2 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling from the cardinal marker towards the fish factory at 11:30 until 11:45. There were no other sightings.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather condition: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction E/ NE

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather condition: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE/ E

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time: 17:00
Weather condition: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE/E

No sightings.

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19/04/2016: 18 Bottlenose Dolphins and 3 Atlantic Grey Seals

20 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather condition: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction NE/N

15 Bottlenose dolphins were spotted from 9:30 to 10:45 in the Bay around the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. There was also an Atlantic seal spotted at the same time as 2 bottlenose dolphins at around 10:30. The seal was spotted closer towards the fish factory whereas the bottlenose dolphins were near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, sea state1/2, wind direction N/NE

Three Bottlenose dolphins we spotted at the beginning of the survey at 11:00. There was a group of 2 seen travelling far offshore. Another dolphin was seen close to the harbour wall travelling towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NE/NW

One grey seal was spotted around 14:00 near the fish factory.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W/NW

No sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NW

One Atlantic seal was seen around 18:00 near the fish factory, it was seen in the water.

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19/04/2016: 215 Atlantic Grey Seals, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins and 4 Harbour Porpoise

20 April 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings, Uncategorized

6hr Survey. Start time 10:15

Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell

At the beginning of the survey between 10:00-11:00, seven bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the bay near the fish factory travelling east as the boat was leaving New Quay. Two harbour porpoises were seen near bird rock foraging soon after. Another harbour porpoise was also briefly spotted off the coast of Cardigan island.

Then at around 13:00, 215 Atlantic grey seals were spotted near the mouth of the river Teifi just south of Cardigan Island. There was a range of different age groups but males and pups made up most of the population. Some were in the water whilst others were hauled out. Some entered the water as the boat arrived. Five chough birds were also seen feeding and diving near the seal site. Two bottlenose dolphins were then spotted around 2pm in between Cardigan Island and Aberporth. There were also lots of bird sightings including manx shearwaters, shelducks, fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and scoters.

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18/04/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise

19 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW

At 7h45, the first bottlenose dolphin was spotted, it was later joined by a mother and a calf. Around 8h15, another two dolphins were spotted close to the cardinal buoy. The dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling in the bay until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW

At the start of the survey, the group of bottlenose dolphins previously spotted in the morning were still foraging in the bay. At 9h15, six dolphins, including a mother and calf, were also spotted foraging close to the harbour wall. They were later joined by two other dolphins. After 9h45, there were no other sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state , wind direction W

Halfway into the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted off the harbour wall travelling east. They were later joined by four dolphins. These two groups of dolphins were spotted foraging in the bay until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W

At the start of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted close to the cardinal buoy. They were later joined by another dolphin. They were seen foraging and leaping. After two pm, there were no more sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W

One hour into the survey, a harbour porpoise was spotted close to the harbour wall. No more sightings were seen during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW/N

No sightings.

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17/04/2016: 1 Atlantic Grey Seal & 7 Bottlenose Dolphins

18 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny with a rain later on, sea state 2 for the majority of the watch, sea state 3 ending the watch, wind direction SW

A total of 7 dolphins, including a juvenile were spotted off the harbour wall between 7:15 and 8:15 am. They stayed around the bay, mostly swimming near the cardinal marker. The dolphins were doing long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. A lone dolphin was seen at 7:45 am traveling with forward leaps in a northwest direction.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Raining for the first 15 minutes, fair of the rest of the session. Sea state switching for 2 to 3 throughout the session, Wind direction NW/N with occasionally No wind

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, Sea state 3 in the first hour, Sea state 2 in the second hour, Wind direction NW and No wind

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2 at the beginning, Sea State 1 in the last half an hour. Wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, Wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2, Wind direction NW/NE/N

1 Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted about 15 meters off the harbour wall at 6:50 pm.

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15/04/2016: 4 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

16 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/ dull , sea state 2, N/W/NW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/ dull, Sea state 2, Wind direction: S.

4 Bottlenose dolphins were sighted between 11:00 and 11:15. Dolphins showed leaping and then travelling within this time frame. 1 Atlantic grey seal was seen between 11:15 and 11:30 near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/ sunny, Sea state 1/2/3, Wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Overcast, Sea state 4, Wind direction NW

No sightings.

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14/04/2016: 6 Atlantic grey seals

15 April 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 10:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
6 Atlantic grey seals

Throughout the survey we saw six Atlantic grey seals, five of them were spotted in the water off the New Quay headland, and another one was spotted, again in the water, on our return off the coast of Cwmtydu. The weather conditions were fair and the sea state consisted of a calm rippled surface making great spotting conditions.

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14/04/2016: 1 Atlantic grey seal

15 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE/NE

 

No Sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair/Overcast/Dull, Sea state 1, Wind direction NW/N

 

An Atlantic grey seal was spotted around 11:30AM close to the harbour wall, it was bottling and swimming. The same seal was spotted again at 11:45AM and stayed in the bay until around 12:00PM before swimming out towards the cardinal marker.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/Rain, Sea state 1, Wind direction SE/NE

 

No sightings.

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Rain/Overcast/Dull/Fair/Sunny, Sea state 2, Wind direction NE

 

No sightings.

 

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13/04/2016: 11 Bottlenose Dolphins and 3 Atlantic Grey Seals

14 April 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, no wind.

9 Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the 7AM survey from New Quay Harbour Wall. 3 were spotted near the fish factory around 7.30 but two quickly disappeared. One of the 3 dolphins travelled to the Cardinal Buoy. It stayed for a while as it appeared to be foraging. There were also 6 bottlenose dolphins spotted towards the end of the two hour survey near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, Wind direction NW and No wind.

At the start of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted towards the fish factory and then travelled out of view.

2hr survey. Start time 11.00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, Sea state 1, Wind direction N/E

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, Sea state 1, Wind direction NW/N/S/SE

2 Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted at the end of the survey just off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, Sea state 1, Wind direction SW/SE and No wind

1 Atlantic Grey Seals was spotted near the fish factory halfway through the survey.

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