12/09/2016: Four Atlantic grey seals, 15 bottlenose dolphins

13 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

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

One Atlantic grey seal

 

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted during the early morning survey, and was seen swimming around the bay for around 45 minutes, resurfacing frequently.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/rainy, sea state 2, wind direction SE

One Atlantic grey seal and five bottlenose dolphins

 

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the survey in three groups, taking long dives, possibly foraging at depth.  At 9:30 a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted near the harbour wall before swimming around the headland. One pair of dolphins was then seen heading east before they went out of sight.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Overcast then fair, sea state 1-3, wind direction S

Three bottlenose dolphins

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the beginning of the survey, taking long dives and travelling slowly towards the east.  Another individual was then spotted by the cardinal buoy, taking shorter dives, and was seen swimming around the bay for the duration of the survey.

 

 

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

Four bottlenose dolphins

 

A group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen very close to the harbour wall, thought to be foraging due to the high levels of activity at the water surface.  They then moved away from the wall, and the group split up, with two being seen undertaking longer dives, and one travelling away from the headland later on in the survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SE

One Atlantic grey seal, three bottlenose dolphins

 

A pair of bottlenose dolphins was spotted foraging and travelling towards the harbour wall at the beginning of the watch.  Halfway through the survey they were seen heading back out to sea, and another individual was seen in coming towards the wall.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen, staying at the surface, near the harbour wall, before heading towards the fish factory at the end of the watch.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

Two Atlantic grey seals, six bottlenose dolphins

 

One male grey seal was spotted at the beginning of the watch.  Halfway through the survey two groups of three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and undertaking long dives relatively far out to sea.  A second grey seal was spotted towards the end of the survey, just off the tip of the harbour wall.

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11/09/2016: 6 Atlantic grey seals, 1 harbour porpoise

12 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey. Start time 10.47
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, medium swell, cloud cover 3-5 with glare
1 harbour porpoises and 6 Atlantic grey seals
Early in the survey an adult grey seal was spotted in the water alone, following which two more grey seals were spotted consisting of one male and one female and a pup sighted on Cwmtydu beach. Another female grey seal was spotted entering the water from Cwmtydu beach, leaving a pup on the shore, suspected to be a mother and pup pair. Towards the end of the trip an adult male grey seal was spotted bottling in the water and an adult harbour porpoise was spotted travelling towards the boat before heading in the opposite direction.

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11/09/2016: Three Atlantic grey seals, five bottlenose dolphins

12 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-3, wind direction SE
One Atlantic grey seal and two bottlenose dolphin

At the beginning of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was briefly spotted between the harbour wall and the headland. At around 10 o’clock two bottlenose were sighted travelling towards the cardinal buoy and then back towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SE
One Atlantic grey seal and two bottlenose dolphin

At the start of the survey the two bottlenose dolphins seen previously were again spotted and were thought to be foraging in between the headland and the cardinal buoy. Around an hour later a Atlantic grey seal was spotted around the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted around half way through the survey slowly circling around the headland.

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

Towards the end of the survey three dolphins, including a mother and calf pair were spotted between the harbour wall and cardinal buoy slowly travelling and seen chasing fish.

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10/09/2016: 2 harbour porpoise and 3 Atlantic grey seals

11 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

10/09/2016: 2 harbour porpoise and 3 Atlantic grey seals

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction N/NW
Two harbour porpoise and two Atlantic grey seals

During the first quarter of the survey, a seal was seen in the water about 400m from the harbour wall. It came up only a few times; scanning its environment. An hour into the survey, two harbour porpoise were also sighted. They were seen about 1500 metres away, and were recorded to show foraging behaviours. During this time, another grey seal was seen in the same area as the porpoises.
A razorbill was also seen just off the harbour wall – it’s rare for them to come so close, especially during the non-breeding season.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

The lone seal was spotted an hour into the survey close to Dolau beach, before swimming off towards the headland.

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09/09/2016: 7 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

10 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

09/09/2016: 7 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
One bottlenose dolphin

The individual was seen during the first half hour of the survey, foraging about 600m from the harbour wall, before heading away from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Variable , sea state 2, wind direction SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

Four dolphins were spotted in the bay during the first half hour, leaping out of the water and foraging in the bay. They were then joined by another dolphin later on, which came within 200m of the wall. Five dolphins were seen milling around at the surface, demonstrating social behaviour – such as tail slaps.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Five bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

The 5 dolphins were seen during the first 45 minutes of the survey, and were seen chasing prey at the surface. Two of the dolphins were identified as Jackie and her calf Joey; they could be seen foraging together; with Joey displaying some energetic leaps. A single Atlantic grey seal was seen during the second hour, within 100m of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen in the bay throughout the entire survey – travelling slowly around the bay with regular surfacing. They were also staying close to the surface, circling slowly near the harbour wall.

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08/09/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

09 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair with sunny periods and showers, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
Five Bottlenose dolphins including one calf

An hour into the survey five dolphins, including one calf were seen close to the harbour wall: they were travelling in a south-easterly direction. The group then began to move north to forage. Thirty minutes after the first sighting three dolphins, including the calf remained in the survey area. They were displaying high energy activities at the surface including leaps, tail slaps, and lunges.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction S/SW
Five Bottlenose dolphins including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Two adult dolphins and a calf were spotted near to the harbour wall during the first hour of the survey: they were seen milling around the surface, as well as chasing prey. Two new individuals, including a calf, were seen during the last 30 minutes of the survey. They displayed foraging behaviour as well as staying for periods of time at the surface. One Atlantic grey seal was travelling west near the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
Four Bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Three adults and one calf were counted in total, all displaying foraging behaviour. Initially the group were off the end of the harbour wall before the group split. Two individuals moved towards the reef in order to forage.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 3-2, wind direction SE
Four Bottlenose dolphins including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Four adults, including two juveniles were counted in total. Foraging behaviour was exhibited as well as milling at the surface. In the second half of the survey high energy activities were displayed including tail slaps, laps, and lunges. One Atlantic grey seal was seen towards the end of the survey, swimming just in front of the harbour wall.

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07/09/2016: 19 bottlenose dolphins, 3 harbour porpoises and 35 Atlantic grey seals

08 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

9.5 hour survey. Start time 09.36
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-6 with glare
19 bottlenose dolphins, 3 harbour porpoises and 35 Atlantic grey seals

Early in the survey 2 grey seals were seen near the coast following which the Anna Lloyd headed out passing substantial numbers of sea birds including gannets, Manx shearwaters, guillemots and kittiwakes. About 3 miles out a group of eight dolphins was located, leaping and foraging whilst travelling in a north-east direction. Travelling west a further group of six dolphins including one juvenile was encountered with a solitary grey seal swimming nearby. Six miles south-west another group of dolphins was observed consisting of three adults and one calf and shortly after two harbour porpoises were seen. The boat then headed towards the coast where grey seals were frequently observed including at one location 21 individuals in the water and hauled out on rocks. Returning along the coast one lone harbour porpoises was seen and further frequent seal observations including single seal pups on two bays. On reaching New Quay a single dolphin was seen foraging whilst travelling east.

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07/09/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

08 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-1, wind direction SE
2 Atlantic grey seals

Immediately at the start of the survey a female grey seal was seen swimming in front of the sea wall. 90 minutes later a female seal was observed bottling in front of Dolau beach.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny becoming overcast, sea state 2-1, wind direction SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair with sunny periods, sea state 1, wind direction SE/S
6 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Early in the survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in a north-west direction in front of the harbour wall. In the latter half of the survey dolphins appeared in the bay off the headland and towards the Cardinal Buoy. A total of 6 dolphins including 2 juveniles were observed foraging throughout the area.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S – SE
8 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Three dolphins including a calf were present foraging 500 metres north of the harbour wall early in the survey. They remained for around 30 minutes. Shortly after a further 3 dolphins appeared briefly around the Cardinal Buoy. In the final half hour two adult dolphins were seen, one close to the harbour wall whilst the other remained near the Cardinal Buoy. Mid survey an Atlantic grey seal swam in front of the harbour wall.

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06/09/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

07 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: changeable fair, sunny to overcast, sea state 2-1, wind direction S-SE
2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Quiet at the start but then a grey seal was seen in front of the sea wall half hour into the survey. No further sightings until the final 30 minutes when the seal reappeared in the harbour and two dolphins were seen off the headland. The dolphins remained foraging in the area for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast to fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey sea

The two dolphins one of which had now been identified as a juvenile, continued to forage in the area at the start of the survey. They were not seen for 30 minutes and then the same pair was seen foraging by the Cardinal Buoy where they remained for the rest of the survey. A female grey seal was again seen north of the harbour wall and was later regularly seen foraging north of the harbour wall throughout the second half of the survey.

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

Two dolphins, believed to be the same ones seen previously, remained in the area throughout the two hour survey foraging within the vicinity of the Cardinal Buoy. The female seal remained north of the harbour wall where it was seen bottling at the beginning of the survey. It then was not seen until the final 15 minutes when it was observed swimming west in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair to overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey a new dolphin was seen off the headland leaping whilst the two dolphins seen previously remained foraging near the Cardinal Buoy. They joined together during the next period and then after 30 minutes another two dolphins were observed. The dolphins were very active mingling at the surface, leaping with tail slaps. A further dolphin entered the area by the headland. During the next hour the dolphins foraged off shore. Towards the end of the survey the numbers diminished until during the final 15 minutes only two were observed. The female grey seal was seen twice during the first half of the survey swimming in front of the harbour wall.

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05/09/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

06 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

05/09/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SE
6 bottlenose dolphins and 1 grey seal

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, located near the cardinal marker and also between the marker and the headland. They mainly were seen travelling with regular surfacing around the bay. A male seal was also seen, foraging near Dolau beach.

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

The two dolphins, including a juvenile – were first seen within 100m from the harbour wall. They then moved out to the edge of the reef where they began foraging for food – as well as performing leaps.

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

Dolphins were sighted for almost the entirety of the survey, foraging and chasing food in the bay. The adult and juvenile also stayed in the area, but moved further offshore to about 1km distance from the wall. We also recorded the dolphins to be demonstrating leaping behaviour during the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
3 bottlenose dolphins

For the final survey of the day, bottlenose dolphins were seen looking for food by the cardinal marker. They would undertake deep, long dives throughout the two hours.

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