2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
1 Atlantic grey seal, 10 bottlenose dolphins
From the beginning of the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen in two groups undertaking long dives, likely foraging at depth. Both groups then swam away around New Quay headland. Around an hour later a group of three dolphins, including one juvenile came around the headland, and were seen swimming around the bay until the end of the survey, where they were joined by two more adult dolphins. One female Atlantic grey seal was seen several times throughout the survey, mostly bottling near the harbour wall.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal
Four bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, remained in the bay from the previous survey, but were seen travelling rapidly across the bay, leaping as they went. About half an hour later three dolphins were seen travelling around the headland, including one juvenile, before moving off in a north easterly direction. One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming near the wall for about 45 minutes, surfacing regularly.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S
6 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals
Just before two o’clock a group of six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile moved into the bay from around the headland. Half the group remained within the bay, swimming around and surfacing regularly, for about another half an hour. Two Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming separately near the wall during this survey, one of which was unusually small.
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S
3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal
Towards the end of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and splashing around in the bay. They then split into two groups, with two dolphins swimming away around the headland, and one remaining in the bay where it was seen undertaking long dives, likely to be foraging. One Atlantic grey seal was seen several times throughout the survey, bottling near the wall and milling around at the surface.