19/07/2016: 18 Bottlenose Dolphins

20 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: N/A, sea state: 1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. A lone dolphin was seen travelling from the east to the west past the fish factory towards the cardinal marker. The dolphin then travelled back and travelled further offshore. Then at 8:00am two dolphins were spotted foraging near the fish factory. They were then seen foraging by the cardinal marker where another individual came into the survey area, also foraging. The dolphins were then seen travelling back towards the headland, thought to be foraging on the move and then leaping and milling around at the surface.

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

The same dolphins from the previous survey were seen throughout the survey. There was a group of 4 travelling towards the cardinal marker where they were seen foraging. They were seen foraging here for the majority of the survey. Then at 10:00am 3 more dolphins were travelling from the headland into the survey area. They were seen foraging in between the cardinal marker and the headland. The other group of dolphins had split up leaving only one foraging by the cardinal marker. The dolphins then joined to become a group of 4, they were seen tail slapping and leaping over by the cardinal marker. Nearing the end of the survey, another group of 3 dolphins were seen by the fish factory whilst the group over by the cardinal marker were seen travelling towards the headland.

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

Dolphins from the previous survey were still in the survey area during the start of this survey. There was a group of 5 including a calf milling, leaping and tail slapping near the cardinal marker. They were in the area for around half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: S/SE, sea state: 2

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: S, sea state: 2/1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, they were seen by the fish factory displaying tail slaps, leaping and milling. There were 3 individuals, then later on in the survey, 1 other individual joined the group and they were seen travelling south westerly towards the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: SW/S, sea state: 1/2

There were some compass jellyfish spotted off of the harbour wall, but sadly no other sightings during this survey.

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19/07/2016: 20 Bottlenose Dolphins, 9 Atlantic Grey Seals

20 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 10:42
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10, light swell
Three Atlantic Grey Seals, Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the start of the trip, they were seen in the bay. They were seen foraging and leaping here. There were 3 individuals, there were 2 adults and 1 juveniles. Then another bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging as the boat headed around the headland. Another group of bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging by Ynys Lochtyn. Seals were seen as the boat headed back towards New Quay around seal bay. There were 3 seals seen. There was a female and a male, the female was hauled out on the rock, and the male was seen in the water. The third seal was seen swimming near birds rock.

2hr survey. Start time: 12:52
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10, light swell
Two Atlantic Grey Seals, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, they were milling in the water. One was an adult and one was a juvenile. Another individual was seen milling near Ynys Loctyn, it then came up to the boat. Seals were seen in seal bay, the same female from the previous survey was in the same place hauled out on a rock. There was also another in the water. As the boat returned back towards New Quay, another two dolphins, an adult and a calf were seen tail slapping near Cwmtydu.

2hr survey. Start time: 14:54
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10, light swell
4 Atlantic Grey Seals, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

Two Atlantic Grey Seals were seen at the start of the survey in the water. They were both female. Then two more seals were sighted near Cwmtydu in the water. Dolphins were then sighted milling in the water by Ynys Lochtyn. There were two adults and one calf. Then 3 more adults were sighted in the same area.

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18/07/2016: 27 Bottlenose dolphins, 12 Atlantic grey seals, 5 harbour porpoises and hundreds of jellyfish

19 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

All day survey. Start time: 09:42

Weather conditions: sea state 0/1/2, visibility 1-10km, light swell
13 Bottlenose dolphins, 4 Harbour porpoises and 4 Atlantic grey seals

A Seal was sighted right at the beginning of this survey, with another three individuals which were sighted later on in the survey. Three of these Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water either swimming or bottling and the other one was hauled out of the water on a rock.

Less than an hour into the survey 9 Bottlenose dolphins were sighted offshore, travelling west, but this encounter lasted almost an hour with some individuals including the two calves bow riding near the boat and tail slapping. Later on in the survey another two were sighted but a long distance away from the boat and were seen quickly travelling in an easterly direction. The last two individuals seen of this survey were near Ynys Lochtyn were a mother and calf were sighted travelling north, but at one point they were very close to the boat! We were lucky enough to also spot Harbour porpoises during this survey, the first two sighted were offshore travelling this was a mother and calf, the next two were also travelling but this sighting was two adults. Several different species of bird were spotted during this all day survey ranging from; Gannets, Fulmar, Manx shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills and also three Sandwich turns.

A multitude of Jellyfish were sighted during this survey, a range of Blue, common and lions mane jellyfish were seen, over 500 sightings of compass jellyfish were seen and a few rare comb jellyfish were also spotted showing a beating palpation of a range of colours.

2hr survey. Start time: 10:51
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility 1-10km, light swell
1 harbour porpoise, 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey a harbour porpoise was sighted travelling North east, but then was not sighted for the rest of the survey duration. There were four different Bottlenose dolphin encounters one after another during the survey. The first sighting was one individual dolphin foraging with a gannet close by also foraging; the second spotting was of four dolphins including a calf foraging and also tail slapping near Ynys Lochtyn. The next group were also seen at Ynys Lochtyn foraging and travelling north east this was three adult dolphins, the last sighting of dolphins were showing an array of behaviours Breaching, foraging and tail slapping two adults and a calf were spotted. The last sighting of this trip was a seal hauled out on the rocks. Several Compass jellyfish were sighted during this survey.
2hr survey. Start time: 12:53
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 0-1/1-10km, light swell
Four Bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic Grey Seals

An hour into the survey two bottlenose dolphins were sighted an adult and juvenile foraging with a gannet also joining in with the foraging behaviour. Ten minutes later another mother and juvenile were sighted also foraging with a gannet. Later on in the survey three individual seals were seen showing a range of behaviours from being hauled out on the rocks, bottling and being in the water.

2hr survey. Start time: 14:55
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 0-1/1-10km, light swell
Three Atlantic Grey Seals

Three individual seals were sighted in the first half an hour of the trip, the first sighting was spotted in the water, the second sighting was a female hauled out on the rocks and the final sighting was spotted in the water. Around 10-50 compass jellyfish were also sighted on this trip.

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18/07/2016: Compass jellyfish

19 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, wind direction: N, sea state: 2

No Sightings

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

Two Compass Jellyfish were sighted near the end of the survey next to the Harbour wall.

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

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Mist, wind direction: N/NW, sea state: 1

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Mist, wind direction: N/NW/W, sea state: 1

A compass jellyfish was seen by the harbour wall half way through the survey and then another individual was sighted during the last thirty minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: mist/sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 1

Two Compass Jellyfish were sighted off the harbour wall.

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17/07/2016: 30 Bottlenose dolphins, 59 Atlantic grey seals

18 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

All day survey. Start time: 10:13
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2/3, visibility 1-10km, light swell
30 Bottlenose dolphins and 54 Atlantic grey seals

Seals were spotted right from the beginning of this survey, with a total of 54 popping up throughout the day. Most were seen in the water, with some displaying “bottling” behaviour- where just the head bobs up and down in the water, thought to be resting behaviour. Some larger groups were spotted, one containing 17 seals, some in the water and some hauled out.

The first dolphin sighting of the date was at extremely close range, with the mother and calf appearing only 30m from the boat. These two were seen foraging and travelling in a south westerly direction. Later in the day two adults and a calf came within 10m of the boat as they travelled east. Less than 10 minutes later another three dolphins were spotted foraging and yet another was seen 10 minutes later. The rest of the trip was crammed with dolphin sightings: a group of four adults were seen feeding on fish and leaping, and two separate groups (one including a calf) approached the boat and began bow riding.

2hr survey. Start time: 12:46
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light-medium swell
Five Atlantic grey seals

Shortly after the survey began a young male seal was seen bottling not far from the boat. Two seals were spotted not long after- one female hauled out and a male in the water nearby. Another seal was seen bottling half way through the survey and one more was spotted in the water just before the end of the survey.

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17/07/2016: 10 Bottlenose dolphins

18 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fog, wind direction: NW, sea state: 1/2
Six Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen right from the start of this survey, with a mother and calf spotted right at the end of the harbour wall. This pair then joined another four dolphins out by the cardinal buoy and was seen chasing fish right at the surface of the water. The group then split up, with the juvenile venturing off by itself for a short while, with foraging as well as more “splashy” behaviours like leaping, tail-slapping and lunging seen.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, wind direction: W, sea state: 1/2
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Two of the previous dolphins were still in the bay at the beginning of this survey and were seen chasing fish at the surface on and off throughout the survey, before swimming past the headland toward the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/fog, wind direction: N/E, sea state: 2
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen at the headland at the beginning of the survey, with a third foraging near the harbour wall. Another dolphin was spotted at the cardinal buoy and was later joined by the second lone dolphin. These two were then seen mingling and circling at the water’s surface before leaving the bay.

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

No sightings.

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

A compass jellyfish was seen by the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, wind direction: W/SW, sea state: 2

No sightings.

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16/07/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins, 4 Atlantic grey seals

17 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 10:36
Weather conditions: sea state 2/3, visibility 1-10, light/medium swell
4 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

Whilst leaving the harbour three bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile were seen foraging off New Quay harbour. Later, one Atlantic grey seal was observed in water and three were seen bottling, with one male and female identified. Entering back into the harbour at the end of the survey another dolphin was seen foraging.

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16/07/2016: 27 Bottlenose dolphins

17 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, wind direction: SW sea state: 1/2
10 bottlenose dolphins

In the first half of the survey two bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen  foraging around the harbour wall. Two more were observed offshore travelling in an Easterly direction. In the second half of the survey six dolphins including two calves displayed behaviour including foraging, leaping and fast circling, between the headland and cardinal buoy.

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

Six dolphins including one calf were observed in two groups, offshore and at the cardinal buoy, with both groups displaying foraging behaviour. Three individuals were then seen travelling between the headland and the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: W/SW sea state: 2
6 bottlenose dolphins

A total of six dolphins, including one calf, were seen in this survey, spotted between the cardinal buoy and the headland. Three were seen leaping and lunging offshore at the cardinal buoy and others were seen travelling.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, wind direction: S/SW sea state:1/2
5 bottlenose dolphins

Five bottlenose dolphins were observed in three groups during this survey. In the first half two were seen travelling North East, with three others observed foraging offshore. Later four dolphins were seen offshore fast circling and leaping, before three travelled easterly to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: SW, sea state: 2

No sightings.

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15/07/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins, 4 Atlantic grey seals, 1 jellyfish

16 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 10:51
Weather conditions: sea state 2/3, visibility 1-10/>10km, light/medium swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Two female Atlantic grey seals were observed in the same area hauled out onto the rocks. Later into the survey a total of two bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen foraging and milling around at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time: 12:46
Weather conditions: sea sate 2/3, visibility 1-10km, medium swell
Four Atlantic grey seals

Near the start of the survey two adult, female seals were spotted hauled out onto rocks; another female was seen in the water a short time later. During the return to the harbour, one of the females that were first observed was still hauled out in the same area.

2hr survey. Start time: 14:48
Weather conditions: sea state 2/3, visibility>10km, light/medium swell
Two bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings for the majority of the survey until it was nearing an end. Here two adult dolphins were spotted foraging a short distance from the boat

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15/07/2016:26 Bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

16 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, wind direction: S, sea state: 1
7 bottlenose dolphins

2 groups of dolphins were first spotted travelling towards the harbour wall and another towards the cardinal buoy. For the first half of the survey behaviours were mostly travelling, during the second half there were more groups of individuals on both sides of the harbour wall and around the cardinal buoy displaying slow-moving behaviour such as foraging. The individuals around the buoy were observed leaping, lunging and chasing fish.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: S/SE, sea state: 2/5
8 bottlenose dolphins

An individual from the previous survey remained around the cardinal buoy for the majority of this survey. There were others seen travelling around the harbour wall area and another foraging offshore. The group by the wall displayed surface behaviour such as lunging and mingling, and an Atlantic grey seal was also spotted by the wall. Another group comprising of two individuals was also spotted foraging offshore about half way through the survey. Early into the second half of the survey another dolphin was traveling offshore.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: SE/S, sea state: 3
0 bottlenose dolphins

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, wind direction: S/SW, sea state: 1
2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

There were no sightings for the first half of the survey. In the second half an Atlantic grey seal was spotted for a short time in the water right next to the harbour wall. At the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were observed in the area; one was traveling towards the wall from the cardinal buoy, and the other foraging further out.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: S/SE/SW, sea state: 2/3
4 bottlenose dolphins

One of the individuals from the previous survey was observed traveling in an easterly direction towards the headland at the start of the survey. The next sightings were in the final 30 minutes of the survey where an individual offshore displayed surface behaviour such as lunging and leaping. Another group including one calf also appeared offshore and both groups began traveling east towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2
7 bottlenose dolphins

There were three groups of dolphins at the beginning of the survey; one individual travelling towards the wall from offshore, four more foraging, and two individuals displaying surface behaviour. The groups split up and joined together again throughout the survey and displayed a range of behaviours including chasing prey at the surface, foraging, traveling and other surface behaviours.

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