25/06/15 36 Bottlenose Dolphins and Four Atlantic Grey Seals

26 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

There were bottlenose dolphins throughout this survey. To begin with there was only one individual, but about 30 minutes into the survey a group of three with 2 juveniles also moved in near the cardinal marker deep diving and possibly foraging. The groups kept splitting and reforming and an hour into the survey some of the animals began displaying very energetic behaviour at the surface before travelling out of the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
8 Bottlenose Dolphins

Two groups of two bottlenose dolphins were seen at the beginning of this survey but these animals left the harbour a few minutes after the survey started. Later on another four dolphins came in, milling at the surface of the water. Again this was two groups of two, and there was a juvenile in each group.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair-sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
8 bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings for the majority of this survey but in the last half hour a group of five, a group of two and an individual came into the harbour from around the fish factory. A lot of different behaviours were seen from these groups including milling, deep diving and even splashy surfacing with some leaps from the large group and the individual.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SSW-SSE
6 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

The group of 5 animals that were seen in the previous survey stayed into this survey foraging and chasing prey at the surface. Later on another two groups moved into the harbour north of the pier. About half way through the survey a grey seal was seen travelling west by the harbour wall, though it was only seen for a short period of time. Bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area for the rest of the survey to the north east of the wall towards the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-1, wind direction S-SW
2 grey seals, 7 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were milling at the surface of the water beyond the fish factory where they stayed for around half an hour. After they left, another bottlenose moved into the harbour a couple of hundred metres from the wall, and a grey seal was also spotted towards the fish factory. A second seal was seen later in the survey very close to the wall. After this there were no sightings for a while, until a group of two was seen just north of the cardinal marker doing long dives.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast-fair, sea state 1, wind direction S-SW
3 bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal.

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen about 15 minutes into the survey travelling west towards the fish factory. One of the animals left shortly after and the remaining two began to quickly move around at the surface of the water with a lot of white splash seen. The two animals split up but remained visible at the fish factory for another half hour, during which an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming along the harbour wall before disappearing. In the last section of the survey one of the dolphins came right to the end of the harbour wall close in and milled at the surface regularly coming up to breathe.

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24/06/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

25 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45

Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility: 1-10/>10km, light swell.

Five bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting of this survey was of four Atlantic grey seals by bird rock 10 minutes into the trip. Three of these seals were bottling in the water while a forth, female individual was hauled out on the rocks. An hour into the survey three very active bottlenose dolphins were spotted at Ynys Lochtyn. From the boat we saw one of the dolphins chasing a fish while the others were leaping and briefly bow riding. On the way back a grey seal was spotted in the water just off the boat before diving out of site. In the last 15 minutes of the trip two more dolphins were spotted by bird rock foraging and slowly travelling south.

 

2hr survey. Start time 12:45

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility: 1-10km, light swell.

Four bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

15 minutes into the survey two dolphins were spotted foraging about 300m away from the boat. Nothing was seen for approximately an hour until two more bottlenose dolphins were sighted, one of them foraging, while the other displayed behaviours such as lunging and leaping 250m from the boat. At the same time, an Atlantic grey seal was also identified in the water.

 

2hr survey. Start time 14:45

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility: 1-10/>10km, light swell.

Three bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

10 minutes into the survey a bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging 200m from the boat, quickly followed by a female Atlantic grey seal in the water 50m from the boat. One hour later, 400m from the boat, an individual bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling south. At 3:50pm another dolphin was identified foraging. A bottling Atlantic grey seal was sighted bottling 10 minutes later 50m from the boats starboard side.

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24/06/15: 23 bottlenose dolphins

25 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 7:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

8 Bottlenose Dolphins

Right from the beginning there was a bottlenose dolphin foraging in the survey area straight out from the harbour wall. This individual swam out past the fish factory and out of site and was replaced by an individual by the cardinal buoy travelling west and another that travelled up to the harbour wall to forage. The dolphin at the harbour wall remained there for approximately half an hour before disappearing. About halfway through the survey four adult individuals were sighted about 1km out to sea leaping and milling at the surface for 15 minutes while a mother and juvenile travelled across from the cardinal buoy to the fish factory. The second half of the survey was very quiet, with nothing sighted until the last 10 minutes when an individual was spotted travelling toward the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey: Start time 9:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

1 Bottlenose Dolphin

During the first 15 minutes of this survey the same individual from the end of the 7am survey was sighted travelling from the harbour wall toward the cardinal buoy and out of site. There were no other sightings during the rest of this survey period.

 

2hr survey: Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast/misty, sea state 1/2, wind direction W

5 Bottlenose Dolphins

There were no sightings during this survey until approximately 12:30 when a group of four dolphins were spotted far out to sea, north of the harbour wall. This group displayed behaviours such as mingling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping and remained in the survey area until the end of the two hour period. In the last 15 minutes another individual was spotted taking deep dives a little closer in towards the harbour.

 

2hr survey: Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW-SE

4 Bottlenose Dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and taking deep dives in the first half an hour of the survey. This individual swam out of site past the fish factory and nothing was seen for the second half hour of the survey. Two individuals travelled into the harbour from the fish factory, one foraging while the other was spotted chasing fish at the surface. These behaviours continued for the rest of the two hour survey before both travelled individually to the cardinal buoy. In the last 15 minutes one more dolphin was sited further out to sea.

 

2hr survey: Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW

4 Bottlenose Dolphins

At the beginning of the survey one individual was sighted travelling east across the survey area taking long dives before being joined by another dolphin after 15 minutes, swimming west toward the fish factory and out of sight. Another individual was identified briefly by the cardinal buoy halfway through the survey but disappeared after only 15 minutes. During the second half of the survey three individuals foraged north of the harbour wall for approximately an hour.

 

2hr survey: Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction N/A

5 Bottlenose Dolphins

Three individuals were sighted at the beginning of the survey foraging individually spaced between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. One of these dolphins swam out to sea and was replaced by two individuals by the cardinal buoy while one swam in closer to the harbour wall to forage. During the second half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin remained in the survey area travelling between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

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23/06/15: 43 bottlenose dolphins

24 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 7:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction NE
18 Bottlenose Dolphins

Right from the beginning of this survey six individuals were seen, of which three were milling around at the surface north of the wall, two were doing long dives and one individuals travelled north-westerly close to the harbour wall. While the lone one disappeared the other two groups joined, and another individual showed up close to the wall while another two were doing long dives near the cardinal buoy. Approximately halfway through the survey another lone individual showed up which also left the area soon. Then a new pair came into the area from the fish factory and left soon again, while the group of five was still north of the wall leaping, and the two near the cardinal buoy were still doing long dives. Then the group of five split up, three of them left the area while the other two moved towards the cardinal buoy. Almost at the same time another six individuals entered the area, first milling at the surface and then travelling eastwards from the fish factory.

2hr survey: start time 9:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Twelve bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey still the two individuals of the previous survey were around, and another four individual showed up leaping north of the wall. While the group of two disappeared the group of four stayed around, and another individual was seen travelling north-easterly close to the wall before disappearing from view, and afterwards the other four disappeared as well. Then for half an hour only one new individual was seen doing long dives north of the wall, suspected to be foraging at depth. Just when this individual travelled past the fish factory four individuals were coming in from that area, being very active including leaps.

2hr survey: start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey one individual was seen milling at the surface near the fish factory. After half an hour a group of two individuals were seen milling in the same area, and a group of six individuals was leaping in the same area as well. Soon these two groups left and it was again just the one individual north of the wall, which disappeared halfway through the survey. At the end of the survey two individuals were seen leaping near the fish factory.

2hr survey: start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

During this survey two individuals, including a juvenile, were seen throughout almost the entire two hours. They were mostly seen doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth, near the cardinal buoy, but also travelled more westwards and back. At last they were leaping again near the cardinal buoy, and then they disappeared before the end of the survey.

2hr survey: start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2-1, wind direction N
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway throughout this survey three individuals were seen milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy. Then another individual was seen leaping north of the harbour wall and one of the individuals of the group of three travelled westwards to a location north of the wall. At the end both of these lone individuals were separately travelling eastwards in an irregular interval.

2hr survey: start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning still the two individuals near the cardinal buoy were doing long dives, where after they travelled westwards. In the meantime one individual appeared from past the fish factory, first doing long dives and afterwards milling around at the surface near the fish factory, before disappearing again. The two individuals who split up earlier joined each other again and were milling around at the surface north of the wall, while at the same time two other individuals were seen far out north of the cardinal buoy for a short moment. Then a mother and calf came travelling in from the fish factory into the harbour, but left quiet quickly after some milling around at the surface due to disturbance. They went north of the wall while the other two individuals were still milling around at the surface north of the wall.

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23/06/2015: 31 bottlenose dolphins, six harbour porpoises and 15 Atlantic grey seals

24 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility: >10km, light and medium swell
Twelve bottlenose dolphins, six harbour porpoises and 10 Atlantic grey seals

During this all day boat survey we went straight offshore. Right at the beginning four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling northwards. About a quarter later another dolphin was seen travelling in a south east direction. 20 minutes later two dolphins were seen foraging and leaping, and afterwards travelling south. Approximately a quarter later these two were joined by another individual. At a quarter to one two adult harbour porpoises were seen travelling south west. Then over the next 20 minutes three separate seals were seen bottling in the water, of which one was identified as a male. At 14:20 another adult harbour porpoise was seen travelling south-westerly on its own, and forty minutes later an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming. At half past three another grey seal was seen bottling in the water, and then it was not until approximately 5 o’clock that an porpoise was seen travelling in various directions, and at the same time at the other side of the boat a grey seal was seen bottling in the water. A quarter later two harbour porpoises were seen travelling southerly. Just before 6 o’clock two separate sightings of lone seals were recorded, which were both bottling in the water. A quarter later another two grey seal were seen swimming around, of which at least one was a female. Five minutes later one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging, and another five minutes later another bottlenose dolphin was seen, foraging as well. At last, another five minutes later, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling eastwards, this was close to New Quay. During this survey also puffins were spotted when the boat was far out from the coast, mostly young ones of last year.

2hr survey. Start time 13:45.
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility: >10km, light swell.
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting during this survey was of five bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, which were travelling eastwards, including some leaps. Then a bit later two other bottlenose dolphins showed up, milling around at the surface. Approximately halfway through the survey one female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the water, and ten minutes later another seal was seen hauled out on the rocks.

1.5hr survey. Start time 17:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility: >10km, light swell.
Twelve bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen traveling north-easterly and a couple minutes later another adult and juvenile were seen foraging and leaping. Then about a quarter later one female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. Approximately halfway through the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging quite far out. In the last quarter of the survey first two Atlantic grey seals were seen, of which one was in the water and one was hauled out on the rocks, and a couple minutes later four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping.

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22/06/15 Six Bottlenose Dolphins and One Atlantic Grey Seal

23 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 7:00
Weather conditions: overcast or fair, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One Bottlenose Dolphin

There were no sightings for the majority of this survey, but during the last half hour one bottlenose dolphin was spotted far north of the harbour wall, further away than the fish factory. The individual was doing longer dives. It was likely hunting as there was a gannet circling overhead.

2hr survey: start time 9:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey three bottlenose dolphins were spotted hunting and leaping just beyond the fish factory with many gannets flying above them. The individuals headed further out to sea but momentarily looked like they would come into the harbour. They ended up heading several kilometres out but we were still able to track them in the slightly rough sea because of the gannets that remained above them.

2hr survey: start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny or overcast, sea state 3, wind direction NW
No sightings

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey: start time 13:00
Weather conditions: varied from overcast to sunny, sea state 4-3, wind direction NW
No sightings

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey: start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a male Atlantic grey seal was spotted just north of the harbour wall bottling in the water. It dived down several times and then continued displaying the same behaviour, staying for around 30 minutes in total. No other mammals were seen.

2hr survey: start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW-NNW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Approximately half way through the survey two bottlenose dolphins showed up at the fish factory doing longer dives, possibly hunting. The pair then moved across the harbour towards the cardinal buoy where they split up and remained until the survey finished.

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21/06/2015: 13 bottlenose dolphins and one atlantic grey seal

22 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1.5hr survey. Start time 10:50.
Weather conditions: sea state 3-4, visibility: 1-10km, light swell.
Five bottlenose dolphins.

During this survey there were two sightings of bottlenose dolphins, around 12 o’clock. The first of two adults and the second of three adults, both groups displayed foraging behaviour.

1.5hr survey. Start time 12:18.
Weather conditions: sea state 3-4, visibility: >10km, light swell.
Eight bottlenose dolphins.

During this survey we had four marine mammal sightings which occurred in the harbour area. The first on the way out of four adult bottlenose dolphins, which were leaping, tail slapping and feeding as a jellyfish was seen in one of their mouths. The other three sightings were seen on the way back into the harbour. The first of these was an adult atlantic grey seal in the water. The last two sightings were both of bottlenose dolphins; one adult and then three adults. Both groups displayed leaping and travelling.

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21/06/2015: 38 bottlenose dolphins

22 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/misty, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey except in the last 15 minutes, when they left the survey area. They consisted of an individual who foraged at the end of the harbour wall for an hour from 9:15, and then around the cardinal buoy for the last 15 minutes. There was also a group of bottlenose dolphins that started as two and then were joined at 9:45 for 45 minutes by a mother and a calf. They displayed foraging behaviours, as well as breaching and leaping.
2hr survey: Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state: 2, wind direction SW-NW.
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen for the first half an hour. Then for the rest of the survey the same eight bottlenose dolphins were seen, including a juvenile. First as a group foraging on long dives, and then separated into two even groups, again foraging on long dives, which both lost an individual for half an hour. In which time the group came together again to form a group of six individuals, and displayed foraging behaviours including leaping and breaching. When the other two came back in the last quarter of the survey, the mother and juvenile split off from the group and where seen feeding, and then group split equally again, with both groups leaping, breaching and foraging.

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

A pair and a group of three including a juvenile were seen leaping and foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory. And an individual was spotted between the end of the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy regularly surfacing and foraging. The pair and the group joined together but lost one individual, to from a group of four including the juvenile, further back. They displayed foraging while regularly surfacing. The other individual stayed in the same area and continued foraging but on long dives. The group lost another individual and split into a pair and an individual, and the other individual was still in the same area. All displayed foraging while doing long dives. The three re-joined and displayed leaping and foraging, while the individual was logging. In the second half of the survey, the group left, and the individual was only seen foraging for the first 15 minutes. Nothing was seen for 15 minutes, and then another individual was seen leaping and foraging around the fish factory. It was joined by another individual and they travelled west out the area during the last 15 minutes.

2hr survey: Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state: 2-3, wind direction SW.
Twelve bottlenose dolphins

Two pairs of bottlenose dolphins were first sighted off the fish factory leaping and foraging. Nothing was seen for the next 15 minutes. Then a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and foraging of the cardinal buoy, while an individual was seen at the end of the harbour wall foraging, for the next 45 minutes. At the start of the second hour another dolphin joined the individual at the end of the harbour wall. The group of three became four and bow rode, and another pair was spotted leaping and foraging around the cardinal buoy. While the other pair remained foraging off the harbour wall. The group of four continued to leaping and foraging for another 15 minutes before leaving the survey area. One of the pair left, as well as an individual. The remaining individual foraged and then travelled rapidly east in the last 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey: Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 3, wind direction NW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins

A pair of bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging on long dives, and an individual was sighted leaping and foraging, between the harbour wall and the fish factory. The individual was joined by another bottlenose dolphin, the two pairs then foraged in the harbour. They then moved back around and the one of the pairs started rapidly travelling north from the end of the harbour wall and left the survey area after half an hour. Only one of the other pair was seen foraging in front of the harbour wall and stayed there for 45 minutes. Another individual came into the area at 18:15 behind the cardinal buoy, and was leaping and foraging. Another two bottlenose dolphins joined the individuals to make two pairs, which both foraged. In the last 15 minutes of the survey these four animals formed a group of three, which leapt and foraged, and an individual that foraged.

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20/06/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 2 atlantic grey seals & 1 harbour porpoise

21 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:42.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell.

During this survey there were two sightings of bottlenose dolphins in the harbour area at the beginning and end of the survey. Both of these sightings consisted of three bottlenose dolphins with one group consisting of one adult and two juveniles and the other being two adults and one juvenile, both of these groups were observed to be foraging.
2hr survey. Start time 12:51.
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell.

During this survey we had four marine mammal sightings the first of which occurred in the harbour area as three bottlenose dolphins, two adults and one juvenile, who were observed to be foraging. The second sighting on this trip was a harbour porpoise which was observed to be travelling in an easterly direction. The last two sightings of the day were both female grey seals the first was observed to be hauled out whilst the other was spotted in the water.

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20/06/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins

21 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey: Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/misty, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW.

In total three dolphins were seen during this survey. These dolphins were not spotted until the last half an hour of the survey. This group consisted of two adults and one juvenile and these dolphins were observed to be milling around at the surface.
2hr survey: Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW-NW.

In the beginning of this survey the three individuals from the previous survey were still milling around at the surface just of the harbour wall. These individuals were then joined by two more adult bottlenose dolphins that proceeded to mingle at the surface for the next half an hour before disappearing. During this half an hour one of the original dolphins was observed to be chasing prey at the surface before again proceeding to mingle at the surface for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey: Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW-NW.

In the beginning of this survey two dolphins, adult and juvenile, were observed to be foraging at depth near the cardinal buoy. Two more adult dolphins then entered the survey area and began mingling at the surface before forming a group with the original dolphins near the harbour wall. One of these dolphins then disappeared as the others moved further away from the cardinal buoy. This group of three then proceeded to chase prey at the surface before resuming mingling at the surface for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey: Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW-W.

In the beginning of this survey the three dolphins were seen to be travelling before splitting into a group of two and a single dolphin and mingling at the surface before proceeding to travel west before disappearing from the survey area.

2hr survey: Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W.

No sightings were recorded in this survey.

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