21/10/2016: 25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

22 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8 hour survey. Start time 09:14

Weather conditions: Sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 4-6, with glare

25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

 

Within the first hour of the survey, 21 bottlenose dolphins were seen in three separate groups and including one juvenile and one calf.  Many came very close to the boat, and were seen bow-riding.  They were seen leaping, foraging, throwing fish around and playing with a large barrel jellyfish.  Four more dolphins were seen at around 1 o’clock, foraging, again very close to the boat.  At 2 o’clock, the boat approached a seal pupping beach on which 17 seals were seen in total, including 3 pups hauled out on the beach.  Throughout the survey, 24 more Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, bottling and swimming.  30 harbour porpoises were seen, generally in small groups or pairs, often only surfacing momentarily, for the duration of the survey.

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21/10/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals

22 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

One bottlenose dolphin was seen at the beginning of the survey undertaking long dives, and thought to be foraging.  Around an hour later, three dolphins were seen travelling from around the headland, and towards the cardinal marker.  They were then joined by a forth dolphin and they began leaping and tail slapping.  One Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming past the harbour wall.

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

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

8 bottlenose dolphins

 

The four dolphins from the previous watch continued leaping and tail slapping in the middle of the bay, and were then joined by two more dolphins.  They remained in the bay, swimming back and forth, with some leaping and tail slapping.  .  Two more dolphins were also seen during the survey, swimming near the headland.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW

1 Atlantic grey seal

 

One male Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming near the harbour wall and bottling for around half an hour.  No other marine mammals were seen during this survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW

2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seals

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen slowly swimming at the surface near the cardinal buoy, and were also seen undertaking longer dives, potentially foraging.  One female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling beside harbour wall.

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20/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seal

21 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 bottlenose dolphin & 1 Atlantic grey seal

About 45 minutes into the survey a dolphin was spotted right by the wall – displaying travelling foraging behaviour. A seal was also seen at this point bottling next to the wall. It was also seen an hour later swimming across the front of the wall towards Dolau beach.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NE/X
1 Atlantic grey seal

The lone seal was seen during the first half an hour of the survey just off Dolau beach. It is thought to be the same individual as in the previous survey and was identified as female.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction X
1 Atlantic grey seal

The female seal was spotted just before the end of the survey about 100m north of the harbour wall, travelling slowly towards the rocks by Dolau.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction N/NW
4 bottlenose dolphins

Early on in the survey the 4 dolphins were sighted in two separate groups near the cardinal buoy. They were travelling east with regular surfacing. One group included two adults with the other consisting of an adult and a juvenile. Soon after, two of the adults and the juvenile joined to create a different group. They then stayed around the cardinal buoy, displaying foraging and leaping behaviours until the end of the survey.

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20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

21 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

8 hour survey. Start time 09:22
Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

At the very beginning of our all day survey, an older seal pup was spotted in the water 50 metres from the boat. About 10 minutes later a bottlenose dolphin was seen right up close to the boat – it came within 20 metres. Another 10 minutes later and our third sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal, this time an adult identified as female. After a quiet few hours with only a barrel jellyfish sighting, at 13:09 a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted – including 2 juveniles. They were noted to be travelling east. A few hours’ later two harbour porpoise were seen only 40 metres from the boat, travelling in a westerly direction. Between this time and the conclusion of the survey at 17:16 – a single grey seal was seen in the water, as well as two dolphin sightings of 5 individual adults right at the end of the trip.

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19/10/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

20 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW

3 bottlenose dolphins

A total of three individual bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Each dolphin was observed on its own travelling through the harbour and foraging at depths during different periods of time.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW

6 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were observed during the 1100-1300 survey period with a maximum group size of three observed close to the harbour wall. The animals were observed feeding in various locations around the harbour and split, with some leaving the survey area, towards the end of the survey. One Atlantic grey seal was also observed close to the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 3, wind direction N/NW

2 bottlenose dolphins

Two lone bottlenose dolphins were observed through the middle period of the survey. The animals were seen foraging at depth to the North of the wall and also around the cardinal marker.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4, wind direction N/NW

1 Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was observed at the very beginning of the survey bottling just in front of the harbour wall.

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18/10/2016: 8 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

19 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 4-5, wind direction W-NW
5(1) bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A total of five dolphins including one juvenile were seen throughout the whole survey, except for one period from 10:00 to 10:30. They were first seen travelling northeast, southeast of the harbour wall, before foraging at depth around 11:00. A grey seal was also seen just north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW
2 bottlenose dolphins

One adult and one juvenile dolphin were seen travelling northwest, northeast of the harbour wall between 11:15 and 11:30.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 4, wind direction W
3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A group of three bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) was seen throughout the whole survey, mostly foraging at depth and mingling at the surface. A grey seal was seen bottling 20 metres north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 4, wind direction NW

No sightings

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17/10/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

18 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW/SE
7(2) bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal 

Three groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted near to the harbour wall at 9am, with two juveniles. These groups were then found to move around the bay, with three individuals moving out of the area. At 9:45am, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted off of the harbour wall, of which moved out of the area at 10:15am. A larger group of dolphins formed at 10:30am just south of the cardinal buoy, but were found to separate and spread out towards the end of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

The same larger group of dolphins in the last survey were spotted near to the cardinal buoy at 11am and were believed to be undertaking long, foraging dives. This group then divided into two smaller groups, and another group of two individuals (including a young) moved into the area. At 11:30am, an Atlantic grey seal was seen northward of the harbour wall whilst the dolphin groups were still diving. The dolphin group of 4 individuals and another group of one adult and one young moved out of the area so that only one dolphin was seen towards the end, as well as the seal that continued bottling until the end of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/rainy, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
4(1) bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

The same seal as in the previous survey was seen circling and staying at the surface near to the harbour wall at the beginning of this survey. A group of 3 bottlenose dolphins then moved into the area and were very active, circling and leaping at the surface. This group then began to travel north easterly and joined with another individual near to the cardinal buoy at 13:45. The seal was last spotted at 14:00 and the dolphins were not spotted again until the end of the survey leaping and lunging at 14:45.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Showers, sea state 2-3, wind direction S/SW
6(2) bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Three bottlenose individuals (with two juveniles) were seen northward of the harbour wall travelling eastward. Two more individuals joined this group at 15:30 and were found to begin leaping. The same seal spotted previously was seen to be travelling westerly towards the headland. The dolphin group became smaller at 15:45, with only two individuals being seen undertaking long dives. More individuals then joined this group again 30 minutes later, becoming a group of 4 and then 6 at 16:30. This large group then divided up into three smaller groups that were travelling and milling at the surface.

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16/10/2016: 16 bottlenose dolphins, 2 atlantic grey seals

17 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S

1 bottlenose dolphin, 1 Atlantic grey seal

After 9:15, a bottlenose dolphin was seen near the cardinal buoy, milling around at the surface. This dolphin remained for the rest of the two hour survey. During the second half of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was also seen, swimming between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, rain at end of survey, sea state 2, wind direction S

9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

During the next two hours, another three bottlenose dolphins joined the first one, including a juvenile. These four dolphins were seen exhibiting some leaps and tail slaps, staying near the surface, close to the cardinal buoy. During the second hour of the survey, two adults were seen moving towards the harbour wall and the headland, where they were joined by another two adults. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted between 12 and 12:30 pm swimming along the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/sun & showers, sea state 1 with 1m swell, wind direction S

3 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were seen throughout the next 2 hours. Two dolphins were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, mingling at the surface with some leaps and tail slaps. Around 2:30, a third dolphin was seen in the same area, thought to be foraging at depth. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen throughout the duration of the survey, swimming around the area between the harbour wall and the fish factory, and was joined by a second female towards the end of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3/2.

5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

The same seal was spotted at the beginning of the next survey, close to the harbour wall, and another one in the same area at the end. Around half way through the survey, 4 dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, staying near the surface and leaping. Another dolphin then joined, and the group were seen towards the fish factory, milling close to the surface. No dolphin sightings were recorded for the last half hour of the survey.

 

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15/10/2016: 17 bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals

16 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

At around 9:45 two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling into the bay from around the headland.  They were later joined by seven more dolphins, including two juveniles.  These nine dolphins remained in the bay, swimming around for the duration of the survey.  One atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming past the wall approximately half way through the survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

The same nine dolphins from the previous survey remained in the bay for the first half of this survey, before they travelled away in pairs, towards the New Quay headland.  Before leaving, two were seen leaping around the cardinal marker.  At the beginning of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning the area just out from the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

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

2 bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

 

At 13:15 a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling near the wall.  The same seal was seen throughout the survey, swimming back and forth across the bay.  Around an hour into the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker, where it was joined by a second dolphin, and they spent half an hour undertaking long dives in the area, thought to be foraging.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

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

6 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

From the beginning of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were seen around the cardinal marker.  They were later joined by two more dolphins, and stayed in the bay four about an hour.  Throughout the survey a solitary seal was seen swimming around the bay.

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14/10/2016: 3 Atlantic grey seals

15 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

14/10/2016: 3 Atlantic grey seals

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

During the first half hour of the survey, one female seal was spotted within 20m of the harbour wall in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

About 2 hours from the previous survey sighting, a seal was seen displaying bottling behaviour in the same area of the bay. It was also identified as female and is thought to be the same individual that appeared earlier.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Variable, sea state 1/2, wind direction SE/E
1 Atlantic grey seal

The lone female was seen once more in this survey – it was travelling along the coast past Dolau beach. It moved towards the harbour wall before turning back along the coast once more.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
3 Atlantic grey seals

About an hour into the survey, a male seal was spotted just off the survey point travelling South around the wall. Not long after the male was seen interacting with a female Atlantic grey seal close to the boats in the harbour. Fairly frequent splashing was seen going on between the pair at the surface. They were thought to be either exhibiting fighting or mating behaviours. Towards the end of the survey another female was seen feeding on fish by the wall.

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