31/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

01 November 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

31/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

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

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted north of the harbour wall, one travelling north-east and the other foraging at depth. A lone female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water. The two dolphins foraged at depth for about 45 minutes before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW/SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker. A lone bottlenose dolphin was also seen in front of the harbour wall, milling about, and a group of seven bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west offshore. Half way through the survey, the group of seven were joined by two more individuals to mingle at the surface offshore, and two bottlenose dolphins were still present near the cardinal marker, foraging at depth.

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

Fifteen minutes into the survey, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water in front of the harbour wall. The seal was seen in the same place up until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE/S
Four bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

The same Atlantic grey seal that had been in front of the harbour wall throughout the last survey was seen in the same area in the first fifteen minutes, swimming west, before heading further out from the harbour wall and swimming east before disappearing. About an hour into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling with irregular surfacing east past the headland and into the survey area. Over the next half an hour of the survey, the two dolphins travelled across the bay and then changed direction to north-west and offshore. In the final half an hour of the survey, a lone male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the headland, and two more bottlenose dolphins were seen milling about at the surface nearby.

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30/10/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins, two harbour porpoises, and 11 Atlantic grey seals

31 October 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:19
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Nine bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

Dolphins were spotted early on this trip, while still in the vicinity of New Quay harbour. These consisted of two individual dolphins and a group of three, including one juvenile. They were engaging in leaping and travelling behaviours. Throughout the middle part of the trip, five individual adult Atlantic grey seals were spotted, some hauled out, and some in the water. While coming back around New Quay headland, a group of three adult bottlenose dolphins was seen travelling and tail slapping. Closer in to the harbour, one further individual dolphin was spotted.

2hr survey. Start time 12:28
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Again, dolphins were spotted very early on in the survey, with a group of two adults spotted foraging and leaping close in to the harbour. A short while later, an adult female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out near to target rock. Midway through the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near to Ynys Lochtyn. On the way back into New Quay, a female grey seal was spotted hauled out near to target rock again, assumed to be the same individual spotted earlier in the survey. Finally, a single bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 14:19
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Two Atlantic grey seals and two harbour porpoises

Near the start of this survey, a lone female, Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out. This same individual was also spotted on the return in to New Quay harbour. In addition, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water around half way through the survey. Towards the end of the survey, two harbour porpoises were seen breaching.

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30/10/2015: 32 bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals

31 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction S
Eight bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seal

In the first fifteen minutes of the survey, three adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging near to the carinal marker. These animals remained in this area for around 45 minutes, being joined by a further individual after half an hour. Towards the middle of the survey period, the group expanded to seven dolphins, including two calves. They were seen chasing prey at the surface and throwing fish, as well as leaping and tail slapping. A further individual was spotted leaping and splashing close in to the harbour wall. During the latter half of the survey period, the large group of dolphins fragmented, but continued to engage in foraging behaviour, with three individuals eventually travelling north out of the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
Eight bottlenose dolphins

At the start of this survey, two of the adult dolphins from the previous period remained in the survey area, engaging in a variety of behaviours near to the cardinal marker, including leaping, foraging, and travelling. Halfway through the survey, a further three individuals were spotted in the vicinity of the cardinal buoy, all foraging. Two of these individuals stayed in the area for around 45 minutes. In the last fifteen minutes of the survey, a group of two dolphins and one individual were seen foraging near to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Overcast-sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SE
Seven bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

One adult bottlenose dolphin was seen milling at the surface near to the cardinal marker, remaining in this area for the duration of the two hour survey. Around 45 minutes into the survey, a group of five bottlenose dolphins was seen leaping and tail slapping a little way offshore from the fish factory. They remained in the area for approximately half an hour. One further individual bottlenose dolphin was seen in the vicinity of the cardinal marker during the second half of the survey, milling at the surface, and also leaping. In addition, two adult Atlantic grey seals were spotted in front of the harbour wall in the latter part of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: Overcast-fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/S/SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey period, a group of three adult bottlenose dolphins was seen leaping and splashing close to the cardinal marker. A short while later a further individual was seen in this area, foraging. After around half an hour, these four dolphins travelled east out of the study area. Half way through the study period a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near to the cardinal buoy. A group of three dolphins was seen leaping and splashing a little way further offshore from the cardinal buoy, remaining for half an hour before travelling northwest and out of the study area. In the last part of the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins was spotted travelling rapidly west across the study area, leaping and splashing whilst on the move.

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29/10/2015: 41 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

30 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

29/10/2015: 41 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-Fair, sea state 2, wind direction S-SW
17 bottlenose dolphins, 1 atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic Grey Seal was seen in the first 15 minute survey and then Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey in a variety of different sized groups. Initially there were groups of 5,2 and two of 1 ranging between the fish factory and harbour wall showing foraging and leaping behaviours. These behaviours continued throughout the rest of the survey with the dolphins gradually moving over to the cardinal marker. The numbers seen dropped to a group of three by the middle of the survey and then a new group of four were spotted, again by the cardinal marker. The group of four, including two calves, stayed for the rest of the survey feeding by the cardinal marker and along the reef.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW – NW
8 bottlenose dolphins, 3 atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen for the majority of the survey. A group of 2 and two groups of one were seen towards the fish factory and they then moved over towards the cardinal marker, where they were joined by another two groups of two, showing predominately foraging and travelling behaviours. They left the survey area for the last 45 minutes of the survey during which time 3 Atlantic Grey seals were spotted close to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Overcast-Fair, sea state 2-1, wind direction WNW-W-S
10 bottlenose dolphins, 2 atlantic grey seal

After the first 15 minutes of no sightings, Dolphins were again spotted throughout this survey in three groups. They were first spotted by the fish factory before travelling over towards the cardinal marker showing foraging behaviours. The three groups spent the rest of the survey travelling back and forth between the fish factory and the cardinal marker foraging. 2 Atlantic grey seals were spotted near the harbour wall during the last 30 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-1, wind direction NW-W,SW,S
6 bottlenose dolphins, 2 atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were again seen throughout the last survey of the day. The survey started with a group of 2, a mother and calf, by the fish factory. They were then joined by three adults and travelled over to the cardinal marker. They stayed in this area for the majority of the rest of the survey before 4 of them left, and an additional dolphin joined the individual staying behind. These two were then spotted leaping around 2km behind the cardinal marker. 2 Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the last hour of the survey, one was briefly spotted in the bay and the other stayed for the last half an hour of the survey in front of the harbour wall.

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28/10/2015: 35 bottlenose dolphins and Nine Atlantic grey seals

29 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S.
13 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seals

There were dolphins present right from the beginning of this survey. A group of two were seen mingling at the surface near the harbour wall whilst another was seen travelling east towards the cardinal marker offshore. There was also a group of five including two juveniles seen travelling NE whilst leaping near the cardinal marker and then another single dolphin was spotted foraging well beyond the cardinal marker. Into the next fifteen minutes the group of five was seen leaping near the cardinal marker whilst a group of six, including a juvenile was seen travelling north whilst foraging well beyond the cardinal marker. The group of two were seen foraging near the harbour wall. Then in the next fifteen minutes the group of five and the group of six joined together and were seen leaping beside the cardinal marker. The two dolphins remained foraging next to the harbour wall. Then a juvenile joined these two in the next fifteen minutes and chased fish at the surface of the water near the harbour wall. The ten other dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. The juvenile with the two near the harbour wall then re-joined the group at the cardinal marker leaving the two foraging near the harbour wall. The group of two were seen foraging offshore and a group of three including a juvenile were seen foraging beyond the cardinal marker and a group of four, including two juveniles, were seen leaping near the cardinal marker. Into the next fifteen minutes one dolphin was seen chasing fish near the surface of the water near the harbour wall. Whilst this was occurring a group of four including a juvenile were seen leaping near the fish factory and one individual was seen travelling west offshore beyond the fish factory. A group of three were also seen foraging near the cardinal marker and a group of four including a juvenile were seen mingling at the surface beyond the cardinal marker. The group of three near the cardinal marker including a juvenile mingling at the surface, whilst two were seen foraging beyond the cardinal marker. Another group of two were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker foraging and a group of six including two juveniles were seen leaping between the fish factory and the cardinal marker. There was also a male Atlantic grey seal seen in the water near the harbour wall. In the final fifteen minutes of this survey the group of six was still seen and were travelling east towards the cardinal marker. Also a group of four including one juvenile were seen mingling at the surface near the cardinal buoy and a group of three were seen mingling at the surface beyond the cardinal buoy.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
14 bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey a group of three dolphins were seen travelling east towards the cardinal marker whilst a group of four including a juvenile were seen foraging near the cardinal marker. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water near the harbour wall. In the next fifteen minutes one of the group of three joined the group of four and the other two left the survey area and the group of five foraged near the cardinal marker. A male Atlantic grey seal was seen near the harbour wall. The group of five remained near the cardinal marker for the next 45 minutes in which time they mingled at the surface then split and one foraged on its own while the four others mingled then they joined together and mingled again. They then left the survey area. After they left a male grey seal was seen near the harbour wall and was seen there for half an hour before disappearing. In the final fifteen minutes a group of five dolphins including a juvenile were seen travelling west around the headland at the fish factory whilst beyond these another two dolphins were seen leaping.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE-S
Four bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling west around the headland at the fish factory. Then another dolphin was seen foraging near the fish factory and then it began travelling west offshore around the headland at the fish factory. Then a female grey seal was seen swimming west towards the fish factory but then turned around and travelled east. Another dolphin was also seen offshore travelling west towards the cardinal buoy. This was then joined by another dolphin and they travelled east together. Then one left the survey area whilst the other foraged near the cardinal buoy before this also left the survey area. In the final fifteen minutes the female grey seal from earlier was seen swimming west near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S-SE
10 bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east towards the cardinal marker whilst foraging and then travelled NE whilst foraging when it got near to the cardinal marker. This was also joined in the survey area by a group of two other dolphins travelling east towards the fish factory whilst foraging. These two then turned around and travelled west back towards the fish factory with one foraging before they both disappeared. Another dolphin was seen travelling west offshore whilst foraging before leaving the survey area. Also two grey seals were seen between the harbour wall and the fish factory. Half an hour later a group of six bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east from the fish factory and two more seals including one male were seen between the fish factory and the harbour wall and these remained into the next fifteen minutes when one was seen near the fish factory and the male was seen in front of the harbour wall. The group of six dolphins were still seen travelling east whilst leaping. In the final fifteen minutes of this survey the group of six dolphins were seen foraging offshore and whilst this occurred the male grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall.

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28/10/2015: 20 bottlenose dolphins and 17 Atlantic grey seals

29 October 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:20
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

Within the first couple of minutes of this survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging 50m from the boat then a minute later four more dolphins including one juvenile were seen foraging 40m from the boat. 15 minutes later a female grey seal was seen in the water 20m from the boat. Within the next five minutes an adult and a calf grey seal were seen hauled out. Then half an hour later another female grey seal was seen in the water. Another half an hour after this another grey seal was seen in the water 10m from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, moderate swell
Eight bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

Within the first minute of the survey a grey seal was seen in the water 20m from the boat. Then an hour later another grey seal was seen swimming 100m from the boat. Then 15 minutes later a group of eight bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging 300m from the boat. Within the following five minutes a grey seal was seen bottling. The final sighting was also of a grey seal in the water and came 15 minutes after the previous sighting.

2hr survey. Start time 15:04
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and eight Atlantic grey seals

Within the first five minutes of this survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen 150m from the boat. Then ten minutes later an adult female grey seal was seen 50m from the boat. Then within the next five minutes two adult grey seals were seen with one in the water and a male hauled out. 15 minutes later another female grey seal was seen in the water 20m from the boat. Then 20 minutes later another grey seal was seen in the water and two minutes after this, another was seen. About five minutes later an adult and calf bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling NE 130m from the boat. Then twenty minutes later a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen 90m from the boat. Five minutes later a grey seal was seen in the water and after another five minutes another grey seal was spotted in the water. Then the final sighting was twenty minutes later when three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen leaping 30m from the boat.

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27/10/2015: Thirty one Bottlenose Dolphins and six Atlantic Grey Seals.

28 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Dull/overcast with rain at the end, sea state 2, wind direction SE to NE.
One Atlantic Grey seal.

During the first half hour of this survey, a female Grey seal was seen swimming in the water just off the harbour wall. She returned briefly at round 09:45. There were no further sightings from this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions Rain, sea state 2, wind direction S.
Ten Bottlenose Dolphins and one Atlantic Grey seal.

At around 11:15 a group of six dolphins were seen travelling to the east from around the headland. These six were closely followed by another individual. All seven of these dolphins were then seen foraging around the cardinal marker. At around 12:00, a Grey seal was seen swimming east. At around 12:15, the group of seven dolphins re-appeared at the cardinal marker, and another three were seen heading towards them, again from the fish factory. Over the last half hour of the watch, the dolphins started to leave the area, with a group of two remaining at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW to SE.
Sixteen Bottlenose Dolphins and three Atlantic Grey seals.

At the start of this survey, a group of seven dolphins was seen swimming into the bay from around the headland. There was also a Grey seal seen in around the same area. Shortly after entering the area, the group of seven split into several smaller groups, and these were shortly joined by another four individuals. During the next section of the watch some of the dolphins seemed to disappear, as there were only eight observed, however there was a male and a female grey seal observed near the harbour wall. at around 13:45, there was another splitting of groups, and also more dolphins entered the area, as there were 16 dolphins seen, in groups of no more than two. Some of these dolphins left briefly at around 14:00, but then returned at around quarter past. Over the last half hour of the survey most of the dolphins left the survey area, leaving six in the area at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE.
Nine Bottlenose Dolphins and two Atlantic Grey seal.

At the start of this survey there was a group of five dolphins, including two young ones, travelling west into the survey area. Soon after, there was another group of four dolphins joining the first five. These were also travelling to the west. In the next section of the survey, some of the dolphins went around the fish factory headland, while most of them stayed visible. A female seal was also seen in this section of the survey. The dolphins joined into one large group of nine. The seal remained in the area, and was seen following a fishing boat. During the second hour of the survey, three of the individuals disappeared, leaving the original group of five, and also another lone individual. Over the last forty five minutes of the survey, the dolphins moved away around the fish factory headland in the last half hour of the survey there were another two female Grey seals seen just in front of the harbour wall.

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26/10/2015: 22 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

27 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

In the first fifteen minutes of the survey period two bottlenose dolphins where sighted beyond the cardinal marker towards the waterfall, the pair were observed travelling south-west into New Quay Bay with regular surfacing. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed leaping and lunging offshore north of the harbour wall before travelling south-east with splashy surfacing. Two more groups entered the bay at this point, one group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf was observed circling quickly at the surface with leaps and lunges north of the harbour wall between New Quay Head and the cardinal marker. The other group, a pair of bottlenose dolphins sighted further offshore north of the harbour wall, were observed undertaking long dives which indicates foraging. Two of the bottlenose dolphins in the bay disappeared and the remaining group of four where observed circling quickly at the surface, leaping and lunging. This group was then joined by another two individuals, including a calf, and this group of six bottlenose dolphins continued to display fast mingling behaviour at the surface including leaping and lunging till the end of the survey. An individual was also sighted off the end of the pier travelling north east towards the cardinal buoy with regular surfacing.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins were sighted offshore north of the harbour wall travelling east with regular surfacing. One of the group was seen leaping. An individual bottlenose dolphin was also observed undertaking long dives near to the cardinal marker, indicating foraging behaviour. All four dolphins then left the survey area. Towards the end of the first hour of the survey period a group of four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were observed between the pier and cardinal marker rapidly circling, leaping and lunging. Two of the bottlenose dolphins then disappeared and the remaining pair were observed foraging by the fish factory before leaving the survey area at the beginning of the second hour of the survey period. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming north-west in front of the harbour wall at 12.15 then there were no sightings for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction E/ESE
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Towards the end of the survey period two individual Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the area between the harbour wall and New Quay Head. One, a male, was spotted by the cliffs beyond Dolau beach and the other, a female, was sighted north of the pier. The male then left the survey area and the female was sighted off the end of the harbour wall. Halfway through the second hour of the survey period a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling north past the cardinal marker taking long dives which indicates foraging. There were no sightings for the remainder of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S
One bottlenose dolphin and three Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey period an individual female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of Dolau beach and was observed swimming past the harbour wall. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was then sighted in New Quay Harbour and both seals remained in the survey area for the remainder of the first hour of the survey period. At the beginning of the second hour an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling west north of the harbour wall past New Quay Head undertaking long dives. Towards the end of the survey period an individual Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water north of the harbour wall.

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25/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

26 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Halfway through the first hour of the survey period a group of 6 bottlenose dolphins were sighted nearby New Quay Head travelling rapidly east with splashy surfacing and forward leaps. The group then split in two, three bottlenose dolphins travelled towards the harbour wall where they were observed chasing prey at the surface while the remaining three bottlenose dolphins continued towards the cardinal marker. By the beginning of the second hour of the survey period the group had re-joined, all 6 bottlenose dolphins where observed taking long dives near to the cardinal marker indicating foraging. An individual female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in front of the harbour wall during this interval of the survey. The group of bottlenose dolphins continued to undertake long dives, splitting once again with an individual spotted offshore north-east of the harbour wall the near to the cardinal marker. The other five bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging near the fish factory and two were identified as calves. In the last half hour of the survey period this group was joined by another two individuals, these seven bottlenose dolphins then proceeded eastwards towards the cardinal marker with rapid progress and splash surfacing. By the end of the survey period all eight dolphins had left the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey an individual Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming westwards in front of the harbour wall then past Dolau beach towards New Quay Head. In the second half of the survey period another individual Atlantic grey seal was sighted by in the water by the headland. There were no sightings for the remainder of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sun/Showers, sea state 1, wind direction S
Three Atlantic grey seals

An hour into the survey period an individual female Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming west past the harbour wall. At the end of the two further Atlantic grey seals were sighted, an individual female in front of the harbour wall and another individual swimming south-west past the end of the pier into the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S
Nine bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Half an hour into the last survey of the day an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed taking long dives near to the cardinal marker, which indicates foraging, then travelling west towards New Quay Head surfacing irregularly and continuing to undertake long dives. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey period this individual was joined by another bottlenose dolphin, both were observed taking long dives around New Quay Head before travelling east back towards the cardinal marker taking long dives and surfacing irregularly. In the last half an hour of the survey this pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed travelling eastwards surfacing regularly to meet another pair of bottlenose dolphins foraging off the headland. Additionally two male Atlantic grey seals were sighted off the end of the pier. At the end of the survey period the group of four bottlenose dolphins from before were observed travelling rapidly north-east past the cardinal marker with splashy surfacing. Another group of five bottlenose dolphins was sighted offshore north of the harbour wall milling at the surface. Two calves were identified, one in the group of five and the other in the group of four.

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24/10/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seal

25 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

24/10/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00 – cancelled due to bad weather – bottlenose dolphins present

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

From the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker. The pair moved towards the harbour wall to continue foraging and about half an hour in was joined by another pair of bottlenose dolphins. All four individuals disappeared before the middle of the survey period. In the second half of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water in front of the harbour hall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00 – cancelled due to bad weather

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: dull-overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

From the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the headland. The pair stayed for about forty-five minutes before disappearing. About half an hour into the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water in front of the harbour wall and over the next hour moved along the wall and into the harbour. In the second hour of the survey, a second female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water in front of the harbour wall. Both seals disappeared half an hour before the end of the survey and three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling fast towards the headland from offshore, staying in the area until the end of the survey.

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