17/07/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

18 July 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 1. Wind direction SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen surfacing and mingling around the harbour wall. The group of dolphins then moved out further into the survey area and displayed both foraging and leaping behaviours for the rest of the survey.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 1-2. Wind direction NW
One bottlenose dolphins

A single bottlenose dolphin was sighted foraging off New Quay Harbour Wall. Another dolphin entered the survey area and travelled North West towards the fish factory. No dolphins were sighted in the second half of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 2. Wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen around New Quay headland foraging and leaping in the first half of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 2-3. Wind direction NE-NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Half an hour into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy. Shortly after, one of the dolphins came in close to the harbour wall to forage.

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17/07/2014 – 20 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

18 July 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Thirteen Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Twenty minutes into the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling south around New Quay headland. Half way through the survey, a male Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water close to Aberporth. Following this, a single adult bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and feeding on fish. Shortly after, a group of three dolphins were sighted travelling west and foraging again near Aberporth. An hour later, another group of three dolphins were seen leaping near Cwmtydu.

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the study a single bottlenose dolphin was seen by New Quay Headland. Shortly after another dolphin was seen travelling East and a mother and calf were seen foraging. Towards the end of the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east close to Bird’s Rock.

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16/07/2014 – 7 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

17 July 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:42
Weather conditions: Sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Two Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The first sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal seen in the water by New Quay headland. Towards the very end of the survey a pair of bottlenose dolphins was sighted foraging close to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 12.50
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Four Bottlenose dolphins

An hour into the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were sighted near Ynys Lochtyn travelling east and foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 14:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell
Two Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a single Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water by New Quay headland. Towards the end of the survey, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay harbour.

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16/07/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

17 July 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/rain. Sea state 1. Wind direction E
Eight bottlenose dolphins

A total of eight dolphins were seen throughout the survey foraging, mingling and leaping by the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/rain. Sea state 1-3. Wind direction SE-SW
One bottlenose dolphins

Half an hour into the survey, a single dolphin was sighted foraging and mingling at the surface directly off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 1-3. Wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Not long into the survey, a bottlenose dolphin mother and calf were sighted close to the cardinal buoy travelling east. They continued to travel into the bay to forage and they remained there for most of the survey before heading out towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain. Sea state 1-2. Wind direction S
Three bottlenose dolphins

A bottlenose dolphin mother and calf were seen foraging close to the harbour wall during the first half of the survey. Shortly after, a single dolphin was sighted foraging around the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/rain/sun and showers. Sea state 1-2. Wind direction S-SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey including two adults foraging close to the cardinal buoy. During the second half of the survey, a mother and calf were also seen travelling across the bay towards the fish factory. While the two adults remained by the cardinal buoy, the mother and calf traveled towards New Quay harbour wall and were seen foraging there at the end of the study.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ sunny. Sea state 1-2. Wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the very beginning of the survey, a bottlenose dolphin mother and calf were sighted in New Quay harbour travelling towards the cardinal buoy. A further adult dolphin joined the mother and calf and the three dolphins went on to forage by the cardinal buoy. After some time, another mother and calf joined the group then began to travel west.  In the second half of the survey, only a single dolphin was seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy.

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15/07/2014 – Bottlenose Dolphins

16 July 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull. Sea state 2-3. Wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin.

At the beginning of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling towards the fish factory. It was seen shortly after leaping in the same area.

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast progressing to sunny. Sea state 2-1. Wind direction W-NW
Two bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey a mother bottlenose dolphin and her calf were seen in the bay. At the beginning of the survey they were seen travelling past the harbour wall into the harbour, where they foraged for some time near the swimming area. Towards the end of the survey they were seen foraging near to the cardinal buoy.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 1. Wind direction NW-N
Four bottlenose dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. Two more were spotted soon after travelling towards them from the west. The group of four then continued to forage around the cardinal buoy for the remainder of the survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny. Sea state 1. Wind direction NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At least four bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. At the beginning of the survey three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen foraging and leaping near cardinal buoy, with another dolphin, identified through photos as ‘Nick’ foraging by the end of the harbour wall. A variable group of 2-4 dolphins were seen foraging near cardinal buoy for almost the entire survey, with several other small groups foraging in the bay and near the fish factory.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 1. Wind direction SE
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen near the cardinal buoy, with a mother and calf in the bay near the harbour wall, and another individual in the entrance to the harbour. Two dolphins continued to forage near the cardinal buoy, with the mother and calf joining them. At around half an hour through the survey there were three individuals foraging and leaping in the bay, north of the harbour wall, with two dolphins travelling southwest towards Traeth Dolau. These five dolphins continued to move around the bay for some time, with dolphins seen foraging near the cardinal buoy, near the fish factory and to the north of the harbour wall for the rest of the survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 1. Wind direction W
Three bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with one dolphin foraging near the fish factory and another travelling north from the harbour wall at the beginning of the survey. These individuals were both then seen travelling east, and then foraging together just off the coast from the fish factory and then near to cardinal buoy. Half way through the survey three dolphins were seen travelling west towards the fish factory where they foraged for some time before moving back to forage near the cardinal buoy.

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15/07/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

16 July 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: Sea state 2. Visibility >10. Light swell.
Four Bottlenose dolphins

In a short space of time half way through the survey, two adults and a calf were all seen foraging near to Ynys Lochtyn and another individual near the end of the survey in New Quay harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 12:49
Weather conditions: Sea state 2. Visibility >10. Light swell.
Six Bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal.

One grey seal was seen in the water to the west of ynys Lochtyn, and two adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphins foraging and tail slapping the water. At the end of the survey three more bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling NE from New Quay Harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 14:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-0. Visibility >10. Light swell.
Seven Bottlenose dolphins, one harbour porpoise and three atlantic grey seals.

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at the beginning of the survey near to New Quay. A single harbour porpoise was seen travelling south near Cwmtydu. Three adult bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen near Ynys Lochtyn with another two grey seals (one of which was male) in the water shortly afterwards in the return trip. A female grey seal was seen hauled out around the headland from New Quay, with two bottlenose dolphins foraging just out from the fish factory.

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14/07/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins

15 July 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 10:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3. Visibility >10, light swell
Eight Bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling close to the harbour wall. Later on in quick succession three adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to Llangrannog. Towards the end of the survey three adult bottlenose dolphins were seen off shore opposite new quay.

2hr survey. Start time: 12:47
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-4. Visibility >10, light swell
Two Bottlenose dolphins

¾ of an hour into the survey two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near Llangrannog.

2hr Survey. Start time: 14:46
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-4. Visibility >10, light swell
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey four adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping near Llangrannog.

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14/07/2014- Bottlenose Dolphins and Grey Seals

15 July 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 7:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/ Fair, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction S/SE
Three Bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

At the beginning of the survey one grey seal was seen swimming at the end of the harbour wall. Later on in the survey three bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen foraging towards the swimming area in the bay close to the lifeboat station.

2hr Survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Fair/ Overcast, Sea state 1, Wind direction S
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three Bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen throughout the survey foraging in front of the harbour wall and within the bay close to the lifeboat station.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ dull, Sea state 1, Wind direction SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen foraging towards the fish factory for the majority of the survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ dull, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ Rain, Sea state 1-2, Wind direction SW

No sightings.

2hr Survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ Rain, Sea state 2, Wind direction NW/SW

No sightings.

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13/07/2014 – Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

14 July 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, Sea state 4, Wind direction NW.
Two bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

In the last hour of the survey two dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall. An Atlantic Grey Seal was also seen next to the wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, Sea state 4-5, Wind direction NW.
Two bottlenose dolphins

Halfway through the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the Cardinal Buoy.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull to Fair, Sea state 4-5, Wind direction N-NW.

No Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, Sea state 2-3, Wind direction N-W.
Two Bottlenose dolphins

At the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging north of the harbour wall, before travelling towards the fish factory.

2hr Survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-3, Wind direction NW.
Two Bottlenose dolphins

In the last fifteen minutes two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging off the end of the harbour wall.

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12/07/2014 – Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

13 July 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr Survey. Start time: 09:08
Weather conditions: Sea State ranging 1-3. Visibility generally >10 with spells of 1-10, light swell
15 Bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals

At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the bay, with a male and a female seen further down the coast to the west. Three bottlenose dolphins, (two adults and a juvenile) were later seen foraging, tail slapping and bow riding near Llangranog, and another adult and juvenile pair foraging and leaping near Aberporth. A grey seal was seen hauled out just west of Aberporth. Near Mwnt three adult bottle nose dolphins were seen foraging, tail slapping and travelling South East. Another adult Grey Seal was seen in the water near to cardigan island, and the earlier group of three Bottlenose Dolphins was seen again foraging and tail slapping. Some way off the coast on the return trip another mother and juvenile pair were seen tail slapping, and a single adult playing.

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