10/04/15: “Daily” the Common Dolphin

11 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction NE
One Common Dolphin seen

Irregular sightings of “Daily” throughout the survey spotted mainly near the blue buoy.
Towards end of survey there were two boat encounters and he coped well with no change of behaviour sighted.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
One Common Dolphin seen

“Daily” spotted throughout the majority of the survey close to harbour wall.
There were a number of different boat encounters and didn’t show change of behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
One Common Dolphin seen

“Daily” spotted throughout the survey period in usual area near blue buoy.
There were several Visitor Passenger Boat encounters but not disturbed by them.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction SE
One Common Dolphin seen

“Daily” was seen at two different intervals during the survey near the harbour wall.
No boat encounters.

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09/04/15: 10 Atlantic Grey Seals, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins and Daily the Common Dolphin

11 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:53
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Seven grey seals

Seven Atlantic grey seals were spotted altogether over four separate sightings. Four of these were identified as female with two of them hauled out on the rocks and the other two swimming and diving. The final three were spotted later on in the trip and also hauled out on the rocks.
2hr survey. Start time 11:54
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Three grey seals and four bottlenose dolphins

The three grey seals were all seen together, 2 of which were female and were hauled out on the rocks, and the other male was just in the water. One bottlenose dolphin was seen alone and was travelling in a south-easterly direction. Finally four more bottlenose dolphins were spotted, three adults and one juvenile who were foraging and possibly looking for fish.
2hr survey. Start time 13:53
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
One common dolphin and five bottlenose dolphins

Daily the common dolphin was spotted both at the beginning and the end of the boat survey and was just mingling around in his usual spot. Five bottlenose dolphins were spotted mingling around and travelling in as easterly direction. These were all adults.

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09/04/15 “Daily” the common dolphin and Bottlenose dolphins

11 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

09/04/15 “Daily” the common dolphin and Bottlenose dolphins

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily spotted around the moving throughout the survey area, near the cardinal buoy and the usual place, thought to be diving, foraging for food.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
One common dolphin and two bottlenose dolphins

Daily was spotted throughout the survey but towards the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the harbour wall. The pair of bottlenose dolphins was made up of a mother and a calf.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W
Three different groups of bottlenose dolphins and one common dolphin

Three groups bottlenose dolphins spotted nearby the fish factory at points moving further toward the harbour wall. Daily the common dolphin seen during most of the survey in his usual spot east of the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, no wind
One common dolphin and two different groups of bottlenose dolphins

For just over half of the survey time  5 bottlenose dolphins were spotted north of the harbour wall exhibiting a range or behavior including travelling, foraging and milling at the surface.

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08/04/15: 16 Atlantic Grey Seals and Daily the Common Dolphin

09 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
One common dolphin and four grey seals

Our first sighting was Daily the common dolphin who was foraging in the harbour. We then spotted two female Atlantic grey seals in the water before they dived. We had two further sightings of grey seals as we headed back to New Quay Harbour that were also in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 11:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
One grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted about 15 minutes into the survey resting on land passed the fish factory. No other sightings were recorded.

2hr survey. Start time 13:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
One common dolphin and four grey seals.

We saw Daily, the harbour’s resident common dolphin, as we began the survey slowly swimming and regularly surfacing east of the harbour wall. Further along the coastline passed the fish factory a solitary Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water, though only briefly before it dived and we lost sight of it. Another three female grey seals were seen on the return leg of the survey. All three were hauled out of the water on rocks. On the way back into the harbour we again saw Daily swimming in the same area as earlier on.

2hr survey. Start time 16:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
7 Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey two adult female grey seals were sighted resting on the shore around the corner of the fish factory. There were also lots of kittiwakes and guillemots seen close by. Further along another lone seal was spotted diving further out from the shore. On the way back into the harbour four grey seals, one male and three females, were seen in the same place by the fish factory resting on the shoreline.

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08/04/15 Daily the Common Dolphin

09 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny-fair, sea state 1, mainly NW
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was seen throughout the survey. Sometimes he was doing long times, but at other times he was quickly moving about the surface, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W-NW
One common dolphin

Daily was again seen continuously, either slowly swimming at the surface, or doing longer dives to the east or the south of the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny but becoming overcast, sea state 1, wind direction E
One common dolphin

Daily was seen again all through the survey east of the harbour wall swimming at the surface.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, Wind direction E
One common dolphin

Daily was again spotted throughout the survey but this time he was quite close into the harbour wall. Again he was just slowly swimming and regularly surfacing to breathe.

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07/04/15: 2 Atlantic grey seals and 7 harbour porpoise

08 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:45

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Two Atlantic grey seals

 

The first sighting of a grey seal was of a male adult who was travelling in a westerly direction; and the second sighting was a female adult who was hauled out on the rocks.

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00        

Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell

Two Atlantic grey seals and seven harbour porpoises

 

The first sighting was of one female adult Atlantic grey seal which was hauled out on the rocks. Later on a group of seven harbour porpoise, comprised of five adults and two juveniles travelling fast in a SE direction as well as logging on the surface. Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the last half an hour, this time an adult female who was bottling on the surface.

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07/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphins

08 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction no wind becoming SW 
One common dolphin and seven bottlenose dolphins

Daily the common dolphin was seen during the first hour of the survey in his usual spot at the blue buoy, milling around at the surface and doing short dives.
At 09:30 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the bay around the cardinal buoy slowly milling around and doing short dives. Later on, more bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory carrying out longer dives and foraging at depth, as well doing shorter dives and milling around at the surface. During the last half hour, they were travelling in a northerly direction and westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W
One common dolphin and seven bottlenose dolphins

During the first hour of the survey, a total of seven bottlenose dolphins, including two juveniles were spotted near the fish factory and cardinal buoy carrying out long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. During the second hour of the survey, Daily the common dolphin reappeared, further into the bay around the buoys, also carrying out long dives and thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was seen regularly throughout the survey near the blue buoy, carrying out both long dives to forage at depth, and also spending some time milling around at the surface and carrying out shorter dives.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions:Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was spotted during the first half hour of the survey near the blue buoy carrying out shorter dives and milling around on the surface.

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06/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal

08 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
No sightings

No sightings of Daily for the first survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
No sightings

No sightings of Daily during this survey.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction SW
One common dolphin

Daily was seen in the last 45 minutes of the survey doing long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. He then began to travel in a south-easterly direction towards his regular spot at the blue buoy in the bay.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions:Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction NW
No sightings

No sightings of Daily during this survey.

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05/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and a Grey Seal

06 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
One Common Dolphin

Daily was seen throughout the survey milling at the surface or doing longer dives, possibly hunting in the harbour to the East of the pier. No other marine mammals were sighted.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, no wind in the beginning but changed to NW
One common dolphin

Daily was again spotted continuously milling around the buoys to the east of the pier.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-NE
One common dolphin and one grey seal

Daily was seen through the whole survey doing short dives and regularly surfacing in the harbour. At the end of the survey a grey seal was briefly spotted over towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction W-SW
One common dolphin

The common dolphin was again mostly doing short dives, though there were some periods where he was doing longer dives. He was seen during the whole survey. No other sightings occurred.

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4/04/15 “Daily” the Common Dolphin

05 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings of Daily for the first survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast but improving, sea state 3, wind direction NW

Still no sighting of Daily but a lot of sea birds in the area near the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny with few clouds, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

The first sighting of “Daily” at the start of the survey and throughout it, the harbour was busy so there was a lot of a boat interaction with him with the all of them bar one obeying the code of conduct. The one that didn’t was a sailing boat but “Daily’s” behaviour wasn’t affected.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, Wind direction W
One common dolphin

Daily was spotted again around his usually buoys and hadn’t been disturbed much by the boat activity in the harbour. All boats obeyed the code of conduct and his behaviour didn’t change after any of the interactions.

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