14/07/2016: 34 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 10 Jellyfish

15 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins

There was five bottlenose dolphins spotted individually throughout the survey. They were spotted in various areas along the coast. They displayed behaviour such as foraging, travelling, leaping and feeding on fish.

2hr survey. Start time 12:25
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, moderate swell
Twelve bottlenose dolphins, Nine jellyfish and one Atlantic grey seal.

There was a total of twelve bottlenose dolphins spotted throughout the survey with one adult dolphin spotted just 3 minutes into the survey. They were spotted in various areas around the coast with a larger group of four dolphins spotted later in the survey including two adults, one juvenile and one calf. They displayed behaviours such as foraging and bow riding along the boat. Then Atlantic grey seal was briefly spotted bottling in the water. There was many jellyfish spotted including four blue fire jellyfish, four compass jellyfish and one common jellyfish.

2hr survey. Start time 12:47
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Nine bottlenose dolphins, one jellyfish and one Atlantic grey seal

There were four bottlenose dolphins spotted after the first few minutes into the survey including three adults and one juvenile. They were spotted in various areas along the coast throughout the survey. They displayed behaviour such as foraging and tail slapping. Then one Atlantic grey seal was briefly spotted at around 13:48 swimming. One jellyfish was spotted and identified as a by-the-wind-sailor jellyfish.

2hr survey, Start time 14:40
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Four bottlenose dolphins

There was a total of four bottlenose dolphins spotted along the coast. They all spotted individually at various times throughout out the survey. They displayed behaviour such as travelling south and foraging.

2hr survey, Start time 16:53
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, moderate swell

There was three bottlenose dolphins spotted throughout the survey. There was a dolphin spotted as soon as the survey started. There were a total of three adults and one juvenile spotted throughout the survey. They displayed behaviour such as foraging, milling around in the water and breaching. There was a female Atlantic grey seal spotted in the near the end of the survey displaying behaviour such as swimming in the water.

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14/07/2016: 13 bottlenose dolphins

15 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, wind direction: N, sea state: 3/2

No Sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 3/2
3 bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the last 45 minutes of the survey. The dolphins were seen travelling between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. They also displayed behaviours such as diving thought to be foraging at a depth.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind directions: NW/W, sea state: 3/2
2 bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins remained in the area for the entire survey. They were seen travelling between the cardinal buoy and the headland. They also displayed behaviours such as diving thought to be foraging at a depth at the cardinal buoy. They were last spotted near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2
3 bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was first spotted after the first 15 minutes of the survey near the harbour wall. They were spotted in various areas around the bay throughout the survey. They displayed behaviour such as travelling, diving thought to be foraging a depth, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 3/2
10 bottlenose dolphins

There was a total of ten bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile spotted throughout the survey. There was four different groups. They were spotted scattered in various areas around the bay. They displayed various behaviours such as travelling, diving thought to be foraging at depth, leaping and tail slapping. They were spotted quite close near the harbour wall at different times.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2
2 bottlenose dolphin

Two bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile from the previous survey remained in the area for the beginning of the survey. They were first spotted close to the harbour wall diving thought to be foraging at depth. They were then spotted travelling away from the wall towards the headland.

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13/07/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal and 1 Sunfish

14 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, wind direction: N/NW, sea state: 3
1 bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted traveling towards the headland near the end of the survey. There was nothing else spotted for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 3
5 bottlenose dolphins

There was five bottlenose dolphins spotted in the last 45 minutes of the survey. They were spotted between the cardinal buoy and headland. They were observed displaying behaviour such as diving at depth thought to be foraging, travelling at irregular intervals, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, wind directions: W/NW, sea state: 3
3 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

The same bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained by the cardinal buoy for the beginning of the survey. There were three bottlenose dolphins including a calf spotted. They were seen diving thought to be foraging at a depth. Later in the survey at around 12:15 there was a female Atlantic grey seal spotted bottling in the water near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2
2 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Sunfish

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the headland displaying behaviour such as diving thought to be foraging at a depth. There was rarer sighting of a sunfish yesterday at the beginning of the 2 hours. It was spotted between the cardinal buoy and fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction: W, sea state: 3
5 Bottlenose dolphins

There was a total of five bottlenose dolphins spotted around the area. They were spotted between the cardinal buoy and the headland. They were also spotted close to the harbour wall. There was four adults and one calf seen. They displayed behaviour such as travelling and diving thought to be foraging at a depth.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, wind direction: SW, sea state: 2
3 bottlenose dolphin

Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were spotted from the beginning of the survey. They remained in the area for the rest of the survey. They were seen off the tip of the wall displaying behaviour such as diving thought to be foraging at depth. One dolphin left the group travelling towards the cardinal buoy later followed by the mother and calf. They were spotted again at the end of the harbour wall at the end of the survey.

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12/07/2016: 7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 compass jellyfish

13 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00 

Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, wind direction: NW, se state: 3

1 bottlenose dolphin

 

One bottlenose dolphin was observed traveling away from the cardinal bouy and towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

3 bottle nose dolphins

 

At 09:15 a bottle nose dolphin was observed circling/milling around the sea wall and then travelled towards the sea wall. At 10:00 a group of two bottlenose dolphins were spotted diving less than 100 meters west from the cardinal buoy. They then travelled towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, wind directions: NW, sea state: 3

3 bottle nose dolphins

 

At 11:00 a single bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging left of the sea wall. At 12:30 a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen lunging and tail slapping 300 meters east of the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: fair-dull/overcast, wind direction: N-NW, sea state: 3

5 bottlenose dolphins (4 groups)

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted 100 meters south of the cardinal buoy displaying foraging behaviour. At 13:15 one dolphin was spotted traveling towards the fish factory while another was foraging 100 meters away from the cardinal buoy. At 13:30 a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed 200 meters north-east of the fish factory where they were displaying leaping and circling behaviour.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: dull/overcast, wind direction: N, sea state: 3

 

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, wind direction: NW, sea state: 3

1 bottlenose dolphin, 1 compass jellyfish

 

One bottlenose dolphin was observed traveling towards the cardinal buoy from the fish factory. A compass jellyfish was also observed near the harbour wall.

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11/07/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

12 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen intermittently throughout the survey. Within half an hour into starting the survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen close to the harbour wall displaying slow-moving, foraging behaviour. Towards the end of the survey more groups were seen; one individual foraging around the harbour wall area and two others were travelling in a north-westerly direction towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW/S
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were observed throughout the two hour survey; the first two individuals were spotted foraging at depth close to the harbour wall. The two dolphins were travelling around the bay area for the majority for the survey. Another induvial was spotted near the wall later in the survey, and the group displayed various slow-moving behaviours such as foraging and searching for prey at the surface. A final dolphin was seen half way through the survey by the cardinal buoy firstly displaying foraging behaviour then continuing to travel in a north-west direction as the survey came to an end.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2/3, wind direction S
Three Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were observed throughout the two-hour survey; the first sighting was close to the harbour wall where two individuals showed foraging and milling behaviour. Another dolphin was spotted showing the same behaviour by the cardinal buoy. These individuals remained around the same area for the remainder of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the water by the harbour wall at the start of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W
Three Bottlenose dolphins

Two groups of dolphins were observed throughout the survey, both close to the harbour wall and around the cardinal buoy. They mostly showed slow-moving, foraging behaviour and remained in the area for the two hours. Fish-throwing behaviour was also observed towards the start of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions :Fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W
Six Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen from start to finish around the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. The individuals were split into four groups and displayed a range of both slow-moving and travelling behaviours- mostly foraging. The dolphins travelling around the area throughout the survey before settling around the cardinal buoy as the survey came to an end.

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10/07/2016: Four Bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seals

11 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW
One Atlantic grey seal

Immediately upon starting the survey a grey seal popped up by the harbour wall and remained in the area for close to 45 minutes.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
One Atlantic grey seal

Half an hour into the survey an Atlantic grey seal popped up by the harbour wall and was seen swimming to the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Four Bottlenose dolphins

A group of four dolphins (including one calf) was seen throughout this survey. A mixture of behaviours was observed, predominantly foraging but also some high-speed travelling within the bay as the group split and reformed.

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09/07/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

10 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1/2, wind direction S/SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Approximately half an hour into the survey two individual bottlenose dolphins were sighted heading towards the harbour wall. One of these individuals stayed and showed other behaviours of staying around the headland with intermittent long dives for foraging. The other individual then travelled back into the bay from the fish factory and stayed travelling around this area for the rest of the survey with another bottlenose dolphin that joined.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

A mother and calf were sighted throughout the two hour survey near the cardinal buoy. They were observed doing long dives and resurfacing in the same location for the entire survey duration.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast/Dull, sea state 1/2, wind direction S
Six Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic Grey Seal

The survey kicked off with two bottlenose dolphins (one being a calf) that were observed doing long dives around the cardinal buoy. They then travelled towards the harbour wall showing the same behaviour, but in the distance near the fish factory another two bottlenose dolphins were sighted going west towards the cardinal buoy, also one Atlantic Grey Seal was observed swimming around Dolau beach for the next half an hour. The travelling pair of dolphins was still sighted travelling west until the last fifteen minutes of the survey. Another group of two dolphins were sighted coming into the harbour one being a calf, they showed a range of behaviours from long dives, slow circling and milling at the surface. The calf showed the behaviours as well as leaping and the odd tail slap.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1/2, wind direction S/SW
Seven Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the entire two hour survey. Within the first fifteen minutes 6 dolphins were sighted including a calf. The mother and calf from the previous survey stayed around for the entire survey duration, they travelled from the harbour wall towards the cardinal buoy showing the behaviour of long dives and slow travel towards the buoy. The other four dolphins showed a range of behaviours with lunges and mingling off shore. Two of the four dolphins stayed within they bay, but were observed travelling East towards the fish factory, this group of dolphins were then not seen until the last forty five minutes were another dolphin joined and all five showed the behaviours of lunging and milling around the same location earlier in the survey. The mother and calf were the only dolphins observed in the last fifteen minutes seen travelling towards the fish factory.

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08/07/2016: 27 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

09 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

At the beginning of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling west towards the headland, with a further two individuals travelling north west past the harbour wall. After half an hour, all the individuals disappeared. During the second half of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling south west towards the harbour wall, joined shortly by four more individuals. By the end of the survey, four of the dolphins were observed exhibiting splashy behaviour in front of the harbour wall, with a lone individual taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth at the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Four of the bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey, were still observed foraging and milling around near the harbour wall at the beginning of the survey, continuing to do so for the first hour. Half way through the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was also observed travelling around the cardinal marker, before being joined by a second individual from the larger group. The pair of dolphins were briefly observed exhibiting splashy behaviour at the surface. Towards the end of the survey, six bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling around the survey area near the harbour wall and exhibiting splashy surface behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, Wind direction SW
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, three of the six bottlenose dolphins observed at the end of the previous survey were still observed for the first half an hour and were displaying foraging behaviour. After half an hour of no sightings, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed near the cardinal marker and were also displaying foraging behaviour for half an hour. Towards the end of the survey, a further four bottlenose dolphins had joined the group to continue foraging around the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction S
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins including a calf was observed near the cardinal marker displaying foraging behaviour. For the next half an hour a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed in the same location displaying the same foraging behaviour. No other sightings were made for the rest of the survey.

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

Approximately fifteen minutes into the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed near the cardinal marker displaying foraging behaviour. The same individual remained in the same location for the next half an hour but displayed slow travelling behaviour. Another individual was then observed with the first individual and these two dolphins remained near the cardinal marker for the remainder of the survey displaying foraging behaviour.

2hr survey, Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic grey seal

After approximately fifteen minutes, a group of three bottlenose dolphins including one calf, were observed near the cardinal marker and stayed in the same location for forty five minutes. Half way through the survey, the group of three bottlenose dolphins previously observed had moved west, and a group of two bottlenose dolphins (one of which was a calf) was observed and a lone bottlenose dolphin was also observed and was present in the same location for the next hour. After an hour and fifteen minutes, an Atlantic grey seal was observed and was present for the remainder of the survey in the same area. Towards the end of the survey, another group of three bottlenose dolphins was observed near the cardinal marker and at the very end of the survey a further two bottlenose dolphins joined the group of three that were previously observed.

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07/07/2016: 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

08 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

07/07/2016: 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and travelling between the cardinal marker and the headland, which was joined by a further four bottlenose dolphins in the second half of the survey. By the end of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was observed exhibiting splashing behaviour at the surface near the headland, with two individuals foraging near the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming east away from the headland at the beginning of the survey.

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

The two bottlenose dolphins seen foraging near the harbour wall in the previous survey were still seen in the area for the first half an hour of the survey, before disappearing. In the second half the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging north of the harbour wall, before being join by a fourth individual. By the end of the survey, two more bottlenose dolphins had joined the group to form six, and were observed travelling towards the headland. Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the harbour wall.

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

The eight bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey, were still observed for the first half hour of the survey milling and travelling around near the headland, with three seen foraging around the harbour wall. Over the course of the next 45 minutes two bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging around the cardinal marker. All the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared by the end of the survey.

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

Forty five minutes into the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were seen around the cardinal marker, which were then joined by serval visitor passenger boats. They were then seen moving away from the boats, before leaving the area. For the remaining fifteen minutes of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen milling between the headland and the cardinal marker.

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

The two bottlenose dolphins seen in the previous survey were seen travelling west towards the headland. The pair was then seen milling around the headland foraging, before traveling easterly towards the cardinal marker where they remained for the duration of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

The pair of bottlenose dolphins, seen in the prior survey, was seen travelling north before leaving the area within the first fifteen minutes of the survey. Half an hour later, two bottlenose dolphins were then seen travelling west towards the headland, before foraging in the area.

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07/07/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

08 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

07/07/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:41
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
One Atlantic grey seal

Roughly half an hour into the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling in the water 50 metres from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:53
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light swell
One Atlantic grey seal

Half an hour into the survey, a peregrine falcon was sighted flying and resting above the cliffs. About half an hour later, a large group of roughly 15 gannets was spotted hovering and diving, indicating foraging in a small area of the water, followed shortly by a sighting of a nesting colony of roughly 200 guillemots on the cliffs. Towards the end of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 14:48
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Four bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, a pair of foraging bottlenose dolphins was sighted alongside a large amount of gannets. This was followed by another pair of foraging bottlenose dolphins, also foraging with gannets alongside. Half an hour later, three lone seals, two female, were sighted. One was seen hauled out on the rocks, one seen bottling in the water, with the third seen in the water nearer to the boat.

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