06/05/2015: 1 Atlantic grey seal

07 May 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/dull-rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction W/SE.
1 Atlantic grey seal

During this survey period, only one Atlantic grey seal was recorded. This was a female and was spotted quite early on in the morning just in front of the harbour wall. She appeared to be swimming in an easterly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/dull-rain, sea state 4, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey period. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions overcast/dull/rain – fair, sea state 4, wind direction SW/W.

No sightings.

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05/05/2015: 1 harbour porpoise, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 5 bottlenose dolphins.

06 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

05/05/2015: 1 harbour porpoise, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 5 bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: changeable (sunny/fair/overcast/dull/rain), sea state 3-4, wind direction S/SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: changeable (overcast/dull/rain/sunny/fair), sea state 3-4, wind direction S/SE.

In the first quarter of the survey period a harbour porpoise was observed travelling northwards in the survey area, whilst a male Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling nearby, north-east of the harbour wall. The harbour porpoise was observed throughout the survey period, first milling about the surface and taking long dives, possibly foraging. It was later observed travelling in all directions with irregular surfacing, taking long dives and making rapid progress, thought to be searching for prey whilst on the move and moving out of the area quickly towards the end of the survey period. The male Atlantic grey seal was also observed later on in the final quarter of the survey period, bottling south-east of the harbour wall.

2hr survey period. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3-4, wind direction S.

The male Atlantic grey seal from the previous survey period was again observed in the water, near to the harbour wall. In the final quarter of the survey period five bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives, possibly feeding, near the harbour wall, before three were seen travelling in an eastward direction, with another two seen taking long dives and observed jumping/tail slaps/lunging just off the fish factory. In the final time block of the survey period all five bottlenose dolphins, including two juveniles, were observed feeding and chasing prey at the surface (fish seen!), with added displays of jumping/tail slaps/lunging, by the fish factory. Sea birds were seen above and feeding amongst the dolphins.

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04/05/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

05 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 7:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE-NW.
5 bottlenose dolphins, including 1 calf

There were bottlenose dolphins to be seen in the survey area throughout the entire 2-hour survey. First, a mother and calf were spotted in the back of the survey area. They stayed there for about 30min exhibiting leaps and tail slaps. They then moved closer to the harbour wall where they stayed for a while circulating at the surface, slowly making their way into the harbour. Afterwards, they travelled further out again but remained around the Cardinal buoy for the rest of this survey period. Within the second hour, more bottlenose dolphins appeared in the survey area. First, two were seen mingling close to the fish factory. A bit later, three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were spotted milling around at the surface very close to the pier. Towards the end, only one adult and the calf could be observed.


2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-NE-E.
7 bottlenose dolphins, including 2 calves and 1 juvenile

During this survey period, there was a lot of activity of both bottlenose dolphins and boats in New Quay Harbour. Two adult bottlenose dolphins and a calf were seen surfacing regularly between the two piers very close to the shore. The adult and calf at the Cardinal buoy could still be spotted as well. A bit later, they were seen with another adult. The bottlenose dolphins which were seen close to the shore earlier, were disturbed by a motor boat and as a consequence, they first exhibited longer dives and then moved out of the harbour area travelling towards the fish factory. The group at the Cardinal buoy split up and began leaping when a motor boat came closer towards them. Afterwards, only 2 of them were spotted at the same place. Three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed travelling westerly direction while two adults were seen circling around not far off the harbour wall. They were disturbed by the same motor boat from earlier which came out of the harbour clearly approaching them. They did not surface while the boat was close and after that, only 1 adult was seen leaping further out. A bit later, the two bottlenose dolphins at the Cardinal buoy were disturbed by a sailing boat. They then stopped leaping and started travelling easterly direction. Next, 4 bottlenose dolphins were spotted about 50m South-East of the Cardinal buoy exhibiting long dives feeding on fish while being surrounded by a lot of different sea birds as well. They stayed at the same place feeding on fish until a Visitor Passenger boat came closer which is when they moved to another place. A total of 27 boats of different types were active throughout the survey period with some of them clearly affecting the behaviour of the bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW.
7 bottlenose dolphins, including 1 calf

In the beginning of the survey, 5 bottlenose dolphins were observed in New Quay Harbour split up into 2 groups. Both groups were seen exhibiting long dives; 1 group of 3 around the Cardinal buoy, the other one of 2 bottlenose dolphins closer to the fish factory. Next, one of the latter group was seen closer to the harbour wall; thought to be foraging at depth while the other couldn’t be seen anymore. 1 adult bottlenose dolphin with a calf was then spotted exhibiting long dives about 50m south of the Cardinal buoy. There was still a lot of boat activity around that time but the dolphins didn’t show any behavioural changes. However, the groups split up and were spotted at different places around the survey area; three of them foraging while the one further out was exhibiting leaps and tail slaps. Afterwards, there were 6 bottlenose dolphins spotted spread out between the offshore zone, fish factory, buoy and pier area; all of them thought to be foraging at depth. They were observed to be moving further out offshore. At the end of this survey period, 4 bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were spotted around the Cardinal buoy foraging at depth. None of the 5 boat encounters throughout this survey provoked behavioural changes of the bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny-Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction S.
7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

First, an adult and a calf bottlenose dolphin were seen in the Buoy area while one adult was spotted further offshore. All of them were exhibiting long dives thought to be foraging at depth. The single bottlenose dolphins started travelling westerly direction whilst still thought to be searching for prey. The adult and calf remained at the same place while another group of 2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted close by. Later, the adult and calf were joined by another adult while 4 bottlenose dolphins, including 2 calves, were spotted in the fish factory area surfacing at irregular intervals. Next, this group was this further offshore exhibiting leaps whereas the other group had moved further up north approaching the other group. Afterwards, 2 adult bottlenose dolphins and a calf were spotted leaping in the fish factory area, 1 exhibiting long dives close by and 2 thought to be foraging at depth in the harbour area. The last group then moved into north-easterly direction while 2 adult and 2 calf bottlenose dolphins were observed leaping close to the pier and later nearby the fish factory. In the end of the survey period, only 2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted, one in the buoy and the other one in the fish factory area both of them exhibiting long dives. Besides, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Fair-Sunny-Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction S.
7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

In the beginning of this survey period, 5 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the pier area travelling south-easterly direction. Next, 4, including 2 calves, and another group of 2 bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling easterly direction. Afterwards, a group of 4 adults and a calf was spotted milling around the Cardinal Buoy. An Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water close to the pier and stayed there for a long time. Towards the end of the survey, no sightings were recorded anymore.

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02/05/15: One Barrel Jellyfish

03 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3-4, wind direction E/SE

No sightings to report

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction SE
One barrel jellyfish

One barrel jellyfish was seen from the harbour wall during the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind direction E/SE/S

No sightings to report

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-Rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE

No sightings to report

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01/05/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

02 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 7:00.
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction NE.
2 bottlenose dolphins.

One bottlenose dolphin was seen at the start of the survey period taking longer dives and possibly foraging within the harbour and inside the bay near the lifeboat station. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen later on in the survey period travelling in a north-westerly direction towards the fish factory and out of the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Fair – Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction E/NE.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind direction E/NE.
1 bottlenose dolphin.

Only one sighting was recorded towards the end of the survey period. This was one lone bottlenose dolphin out towards the fish factory. This dolphin was briefly spotted carrying out longer dives, and possibly foraging for food around the area.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction NE/SE.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind direction NE/SE.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE/E.
2 Atlantic grey seals and 2 bottlenose dolphins.

During the first hour of the survey, two Atlantic grey seals were recorded at separate intervals in front of the harbour wall. Both of these were briefly spotted in the water. Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted later during the survey period out towards the fish factory. These were travelling in a north-westerly direction out of the bay and around the headland.

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30/04/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins.

01 May 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 7:00.

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction W/NW.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the entirety of the survey. Throughout the survey period three bottlenose dolphins, one identified as a calf, were seen taking long dives, possibly foraging, near the harbour wall. A lone bottlenose dolphin was also spotted roughly 1km east of the harbour wall towards the last half hour of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction SW.

Half way through the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen taking long dives, possibly foraging, and then milling about the surface near the harbour wall. A further three bottlenose dolphins were seen just west of the cardinal buoy, also milling about the surface. One of the dolphins began to travel NE from the harbour wall, with another showing fast moving behaviours, circling with leaps/tail slaps/lunges. The remaining two stayed near the cardinal buoy, milling about the surface. Within the last quart of the survey period two of the dolphins were seen travelling, with regular surfacing, in an eastward direction towards the cardinal buoy, with a further lone dolphin seen taking long dives at the cardinal buoy. At the end of the survey period a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling with regular surfacing in a north-easterly direction, past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NW.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the entirety of the survey. Within the first quart of the survey period a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed taking long dives, possibly foraging, near the harbour wall. A further two, one a calf, were seen near the cardinal buoy, showing signs of fast circling, with leaps/tail slaps/lunges. By the second quart of the survey period the adult and calf were seen mingling at the surface near the cardinal buoy, and another two dolphins were spotted nearby taking long dives, possibly foraging. In the second half of the survey period the adult and calf were seen near the harbour wall, mingling at the surface.

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

In the first half of the survey period a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed taking long dives, possibly foraging, and milling about the surface near the harbour wall.

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

No sightings, however the first terns of the season were seen.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW.

No sightings.

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29/04/15: 13 Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

30 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W-SW
4 bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey, mostly milling around at the surface within the harbour just south of the wall. Two were seen travelling south during the first 15 minutes of the survey and towards the end of the survey fast circling, lunging and leaping behaviours were also seen by one individual.

2hr survey, Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction W
1 Atlantic grey seal, 3 bottlenose dolphins

An Atlantic grey seal was seen during the first quarter of the survey in the water. Bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were seen foraging within the harbour close to the harbour wall. During the second half of the survey three dolphins and a calf were seen close to the end of the harbour wall foraging, and at one point travelling North West.

2hr survey, Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction W-NW-S
5 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout most of the first half of the survey. At first one was seen foraging north of the harbour wall, then two were spotted mingling at the surface leaping, and then one individual was thought to be travelling West towards the fish factory. Nothing was then seen until the end of the second half of the survey where two individuals were seen near the cardinal buoy travelling west.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair- Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W
4 bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were only seen throughout the first 45 minutes of the survey. At first three were spotted north of the harbour wall, one travelling towards the fish factory and two milling around the surface. Then four individuals were spotted in a similar position, travelling north. Later four (thought to be the same individuals) were seen travelling North West.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction SW

No sightings

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28/04/2015: Atlantic grey seal, 2 harbour porpoise.

29 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction W.
One Atlantic grey seal.

Atlantic grey seal seen briefly in the water mid-survey, slightly out from the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Fair-sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W.
One Atlantic grey seal.

What is believed to be the same individual male Atlantic grey seal observed bottling continuously throughout the survey near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW.
One Atlantic grey seal and two harbour porpoise.

One Atlantic grey seal, believed to be the same individual from the previous two hour survey, seen bottling mid-way between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy for the first hour. Towards the end of the survey two harbour porpoise were observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, in the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N-NW.
One harbour porpoise.

One harbour porpoise, possibly one of the two seen in the previous survey, was seen milling around the surface near the headland at the beginning of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3-2, wind direction SW.
One Atlantic grey seal.

One Atlantic grey seal, possibly the same individual from the day’s previous surveys, observed in the water mid-survey slightly out from the fish factory.

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27/04/2015: 10 Bottlenose dolphins

28 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair-Overcast/dull-Rain, sea state 1, wind direction NW
6 bottlenose dolphins

Towards the end of the survey, 6 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the back of the survey area. The dolphins were seen surfacing regularly while making their way towards the fish factory. The group was split up into 3 little groups of 2 dolphins each and stayed in this formation throughout the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain-Overcast/Dull–Sunny-Fair, sea state 1-3, wind direction W
4 bottlenose dolphins

In the beginning of this survey, 4 of the bottlenose dolphins from the earlier survey could still be observed. They were seen at the fish factory were they stayed for a bit, exhibiting long dives where they might have been foraging at depth. They then left the survey area and were not seen later throughout the survey anymore. The weather conditions changed a lot during this survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair- Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW-NW
4 bottlenose dolphins, including one calf

After the first 15 minutes of this survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen close to the fish factory. They stayed there for a while, exhibiting long fives. They were then joined by two bottlenose dolphins, an adult and a calf. The whole group moved further towards the fish factory until only two of them could be seen in the end. Those two stayed very close to the fish factory displaying leaps, tail slaps and lungs until they moved out of the survey area as well. No sightings were recorded for the last hour of this survey.

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25/04/15: 2 Atlantic Grey Seals and 9 Bottlenose Dolphins

26 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Dull/Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/W
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal

During the first half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen milling around just off the fish factory. At the end of the survey a male Atlantic Grey Seal was seen near the fish factory swimming in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions:Dull/Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW/S

No sightings to report

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions:Dull/fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction W

No sightings to report

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions:Fair/Dull, sea state 2-3, wind direction W
8 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

8 bottlenose dolphins including a calf moved into the survey area forming subgroups which changed throughout the survey. The dolphins were seen mainly milling around in groups at the surface thought some leaping and splashing was seen. 4 of the dolphins including the calf moved round to the south side of the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was seen north of the harbour wall bottling in the water. During the last 15 minutes of the survey the dolphins disappeared.

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