25/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

26 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

25/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth offshore, with a further pair travelling east away from the headland, with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SE/S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at depth off the headland, with a further four observed displaying splashy behaviour between the headland and the cardinal marker. A short way into the survey, the group of four bottlenose dolphins moved slightly closer into the bay, with the lone dolphin staying in the same position. Another lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted past the other dolphins, travelling east with rapid progress and forward leaps and splashy behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2. Wind direction S/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

In the second half of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were sighted briefly foraging at depth off the headland, before disappearing.

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24/08/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 1 unidentified cetacean

25 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:27
Weather conditions: sea 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Within the first ten minutes of this survey a group of three juvenile bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and bow riding. Then half an hour later one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 60 metres from the boat. Another female grey seal was spotted in the water an hour and 15 minutes after the first seal sighting and occurred 50 metres from the boat. Then within five minutes of this sighting two bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging 200 metres from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 13:40
Weather conditions: sea state 3-4, visibility >10km, light swell
One Atlantic grey seal and one unidentified cetacean

The first sighting on this trip was seen one hour into the trip and was an adult female Atlantic grey seal which was in the water 50 metres from the boat. Ten minutes later a cetacean (either a bottlenose dolphin or a harbour porpoise) was seen 20 metres from the boat and only emerged once, thus preventing a positive ID.

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24/08/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins

25 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction E/SW/S
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the start of this survey there was an individual bottlenose dolphin travelling east whilst foraging from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy. This dolphin then remained foraging just in front of cardinal buoy for half an hour before travelling west towards the fish factory, whilst foraging, before heading round the headland. There was then no sightings for half an hour before another dolphin travelled east from the fish factory, whilst foraging, and then disappeared. Then 15 minutes later a mother and calf was spotted foraging near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sun and showers, sunny and fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/N/NW/W
Eight Bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the fish factory. This group then split, one individual remained foraging around the fish factory whilst the other foraged around the cardinal buoy for half an hour. The dolphin around the fish factory travelled east towards the cardinal buoy at around half nine. The dolphin near the cardinal buoy then travelled north out of the survey area. Whilst this occurred two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east. These then mingled near the harbour wall for fifteen minutes whilst a group of three dolphins including a calf were seen mingling near the cardinal buoy. These dolphins then remained foraging near the cardinal marker for the next 15 minutes whilst two dolphins were seen further offshore leaping and lunging. These were then spotted mingling offshore for the next 15 minutes whilst the group of three at the cardinal buoy were reduced to two and this mother and calf group remained foraging in the same area. During the last 15 minutes of this survey one dolphin was seen travelling from the fish factory whilst the group of two remained offshore foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW/NW/N
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen mingling at the surface near the fish factory whilst one other dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. The group of three dolphins then travelled south east past the harbour wall and then travelled back towards the fish factory were they mingled for a while at the surface before heading around the headland. Nothing was then seen for the rest of this survey.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings

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23/08/2015: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

24 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast-rain, sea state 2, wind direction S
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Two groups of two bottlenose dolphins were seen taking deep dives (thought to be foraging at depth) and travelling west from the cardinal marker between 09:15 and 10:00. During the same time period, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2-1, wind direction SW/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain-overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W/SW/S
Six bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen travelling from the fish factory towards the cardinal marker at about 16:15, where they remained foraging and displaying energetic behaviour until the end of the survey. At around the same time, a lone bottlenose dolphin was briefly spotted foraging close to the fish factory. At 16:30, a mother and a juvenile were seen foraging inside the harbour where they stayed until the end of the survey.

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22/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

23 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

22/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 11:52
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

About three quarters of an hour into the survey three Atlantic grey seals, a male and two females, were sighted in the water. About fifteen minutes later, three bottlenose dolphins, two adults and a juvenile, were observed foraging at depth and travelling with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move. Shortly after, another bottlenose dolphin was seen that came close to bow-ride the boat and another Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. After another fifteen minutes, another male Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water. From half past one, another three individual bottlenose dolphins were seen in quick succession. The first was observed foraging at depth, the second thought to be foraging whilst on the move in a southerly direction and the third travelling with regular surfacing and some leaping in a south-easterly direction.

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22/08/2015: 2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

23 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

22/08/2015: 2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal

A lone bottlenose dolphin was briefly sighted about half an hour into the survey period, milling about at the surface amongst all the Regatta activity and a flock of birds. Shortly after, a female Atlantic grey seal popped up amongst the boats moored in the harbour, before swimming away and disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
One bottlenose dolphin

A lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted off the headland three quarters of an hour into the survey period, taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. The dolphin continued foraging at depth in the same location for about an hour, before disappearing from the survey area before the end of the survey.

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21/08/2015 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

22 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/raining/misty, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE-S
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the second hour of this survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen foraging near the fish factory and they remained doing so for half an hour before disappearing. After these left one individual bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east whilst foraging near the harbour wall. At the same time as this dolphin was around an Atlantic grey seal was seen near the harbour wall. The individual dolphin then started travelling north whilst foraging in the last 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rainy turning overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S
Two bottlenose dolphins

15 minutes into this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near the harbour wall and this was joined 15 minutes later by another individual dolphin foraging close to the fish factory. There were then no sightings for the rest of this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny with showers/fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW-SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast turning rainy, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SE
One bottlenose dolphin

A single individual bottlenose dolphin was seen 45 minutes into this survey foraging near the fish factory and remained foraging here for 45 minutes before travelling east whilst foraging. They then foraged offshore for the last 15 minutes of the survey.

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20/08/2015: 1 bottlenose dolphin and 2 Atlantic grey seals

21 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/08/2015: 1 bottlenose dolphin and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 12:50
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
One bottlenose dolphin and two Atlantic grey seals

About 45 minutes into the survey, two Atlantic grey seals, a male and a female, were sighted in the water. An hour later, towards the end of the survey, a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging close to New Quay harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 14:55
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km/1-10km, light swell

No sightings.

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20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

21 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the first half an hour, another bottlenose dolphin had joined the original two near the cardinal marker, also seen to be taking long dives, before disappearing again fairly quickly. The original two bottlenose dolphins were then seen to travel closer to the harbour wall, before heading back to the cardinal marker to continue taking long dives. By the second half of the survey period, all the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SSE
Four bottlenose dolphins

In the last 45 minutes of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the next half an hour, a further two individual bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the survey area. One was seen to be foraging at depth, whilst the other was seen milling about at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The pair of bottlenose dolphins seen in the last survey period were still present in the first fifteen minutes of the survey period, observed travelling south-east away from the cardinal marker, before disappearing from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
One Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water in the last 45 minutes of the survey period, before disappearing fifteen minutes before the end of the survey.

 

 

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19/08/15: 16 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

20 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

19/08/15: 2 Atlantic Grey Seals and 16 Bottlenose Dolphins

4hr survey. Start time 14:00.
Weather conditions: sea state 0 to 4, visibility 1-10km becoming >10km, light swell.
Two Atlantic Grey Seals and 16 Bottlenose Dolphins.

The first sighting from this survey, a male Grey Seal, was seen in the water about 40 metres from the boat at about 25 to three. There was a second seal, this time a female, seen about five minutes later, this time nearly 100 meters away. About an hour after the first sighting, there was a group of five dolphins, including a juvenile and a new-born, seen about 200 meters from the boat. The next sighting, at four o’clock, was of a lone Bottlenose Dolphin foraging about 50 meters from the boat. After 10 minutes, there was another group of at least three adult dolphins seen foraging and leaping about 400 meters in front of the boat. One adult and two juvenile bottlenose dolphins were then sighted socialising and tail slapping 200m from the boat. Three more sightings of foraging bottlenose dolphins occurred, a pair of adults followed by two single adults near to the end of the survey.

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