16/06/2016: Thirteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

17 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Ten bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

All throughout this survey, bottlenose dolphins were seen. At the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. A further two dolphins were spotted in the bay by the harbour, also thought to be foraging, and then travelling along the shore. Midway through the survey period, six bottlenose dolphins were seen by the cardinal marker, being very active, leaping and tail slapping. They were joined by a group of four bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, still leaping and splashing. The group dispersed after a while, with bottlenose dolphins seen between headland and cardinal marker, travelling and foraging. A female Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the water off the harbour wall in the last 15 minutes of this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction N-NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey period, four of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were still to be seen between harbour wall and cardinal marker, travelling and foraging. The female Atlantic grey seal also remained in the area for the first minutes. The bottlenose dolphins were shortly joined by another dolphin, before disappearing from view. Towards the end of the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. It was joined by a second bottlenose dolphin and the pair was seen travelling just north of the harbour wall before returning to the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N-NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

The two bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained in the area for the first 15 minutes, before disappearing from view. They were seen taking long dives by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction N-NW
One bottlenose dolphin

Halfway through the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling in a south-westerly direction just north of the harbour wall. It came very close to the harbour, before travelling off in a northerly direction and disappearing from view.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 5, wind direction N-NW

No sightings.

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14/06/2016: 3 Bottlenose Dolphins & 2 Atlantic Grey Seals

15 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: mist (visibility <1km), sea state: 2, wind direction: NW
3 bottlenose dolphins & 1 Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were observed in the bay during the entire survey period. Two dolphins were first sighted near the cardinal marker and were taking long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth. One male (bull) Atlantic grey seal was also seen near the headland by the fish factory during this time. One of the bottlenose dolphins then travelled out to sea in a North-Eastern direction and meanwhile, the other dolphin joined a third individual that appeared in the bay. These two bottlenose dolphins then travelled towards the headland where they proceeded to take long dives beneath the surface, thought to indicate that they were foraging at depth.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state: 2, wind direction: SW
1 Atlantic grey seal 

No dolphins were sighted during this survey however, one male (bull) Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water towards the end of the survey period.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state: 2/3, wind direction: SW
No sightings

No marine mammals were sighted during this survey however, a few sea bird species were observed including herring gulls, great black-backed gulls and cormorants.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state: 3, wind direction: S
No sightings

No marine mammals were sighted during this survey.

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13/06/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

14 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, moderate swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

Just few minutes after the leave, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted travelling towards West direction, 180 meters away from the boat. Few minutes late, other two dolphins were spotted near the birds rock, while they were travelling. Probably, they wanted to join to another group that was foraging just in front birds rock, 100 meters away from the boat. The group was composed by four adults and one juvenile. At 11:14, two dolphins (mother and juvenile) came closer to the boat and showed bowriding behaviour. Before the return trip, one bottlenose dolphins was spotted foraging 400 meters away from the boat.

During the boat survey, six Atlantic grey seals (3 females and one male confirmed) were seen in the water.

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13/06/2016: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

14 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW/N/NW

Five bottlenose dolphins

 

Almost the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging at the deep around the fishery factory. Then they started to travel towards the open sea (ENE direction). Midday of the survey, two groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted. The first group was coming from the sea and travelling towards the fishery factory. The second group was sighted near the cardinal buoy and started to travel towards the harbour wall. During the next 15 minutes the two groups joined together for a while, then they splinted again and took different directions. Two of them travelled fast towards the cardinal buoy, while one individual remained to foraging at depth near the fishery factory for the rest of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE/N

Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

Around 11:15, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging at depth around the fishery factory. They stayed there for half an hour before disappear. After a while, a couple of bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging to the depth in fishery factory area. The next 15 minutes a juvenile joined to the group to feed as well. Meanwhile one Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming between the buoys line, headed to fishery factory. The bottlenose dolphins started to travelling in East direction. They dove for a long, surfacing at irregular intervals, thought to be searching for prey while on the move.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction E/SE

Four bottlenose dolphins

 

The previous three sighted bottlenose dolphins kept their presence straight for the whole survey. Two dolphins were foraging at depth around the cardinal buoy, while one individual was travelling in West direction. The next 15 minutes, a juvenile joined to the couple that was staying around the cardinal buoy and, all together, started to travelling towards the fishery factory. After reached it, all the dolphins were stopping just in front the factory. There they were foraging at depth and chasing their prey on the surface. A fish were seen jumped out from the water. After that the group were splinted and only two dolphins stayed in the study area. One individual kept to stay around the fishery factory, looking for preys in the deep, while the other dolphins travelling along the buoys line, searching for preys during on the move, before disappearing. In the middle of the survey only one individual didn’t leave the study area, kept going to foraging at the deep around the fishery factory. At the and of the survey, the individual started to travelling slowly towards the cardinal buoy, looking for preys while on the move.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rainy, sea state 1, wind direction NW/NE/N

Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

At the beginning of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling towards the fishery factory, searching for preys at the deep along the way. Half an hour late, two bottlenose dolphins joined to the alone one and they were foraging at depth in fishery factory area. Meanwhile, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted mating in deep waters in front of the harbour wall.

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12/06/2016: 6 Bottlenose dolphins

13 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 0/1, wind direction SE/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

There was six bottlenose dolphins spotted from the beginning of the survey until around 10:30. There appeared to be six adult bottlenose dolphins and one juvenile. The dolphins were seen between the cardinal buoy and the headland throughout the survey. The dolphins displayed behaviours such as taking long dives thought to be foraging at a depth and also travelling between the cardinal buoy and the headland. They were last seen at the headland and then travelled around the headland out of sight.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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12/06/2016: 3 Atlantic grey seals

13 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:41
Weather conditions: sea state 3/4, visibility >10km, moderate swell
3 Atlantic grey seals
Just 15 minutes into the survey there was two female Atlantic grey seals. They were spotted just around 40 metres away from the boat. One seal appeared to be bottling and the other female seal was swimming. At 14:22 there was another Atlantic grey seal spotted again just 40 metres from the boat. The male seal was swimming

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11/06/2016: Bottlenose dolphins

12 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:39
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell
12 Bottlenose dolphins and 7 Atlantic grey seals
At birds rock, two bottlenose dolphins, one adult and one juvenile, were spotted. They were taking long dives and were thought to be foraging. Towards the end of the boat survey, as the boat was just passing the headland, ten bottlenose dolphins were spotted. There was a group of three dolphins, one adult and a juvenile and were foraging. A few minutes later, a group of seven bottlenose dolphins were sighted, including a calf. They seemed to be foraging but exhibited other behaviours such as milling at the surface and tail slapping. Further, during the survey, a total of seven atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:12
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility 0-1km/1-10km, light swell
8 Bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals
At the start of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were spotted near birds rock. They were exhibited behaviours such as tail slapping, leaping, close contact and foraging. A few minute later, one more bottlenose dolphin was spotted and it seemed to be travelling southerly direction. Two atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the water near birds rock. About 20 minutes into the survey, one bottlenose dolphins was sighted. It was about 600 metres from the boat. Halfway through the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were observed milling and displaying close contact. Finally, towards the end of the survey, two atlantic grey seals were seen in the water.

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11/06/2016: Bottlenose dolphins

12 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins was sighted foraging next to the headland. They stayed in the area for about 30 minutes. One bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling towards the headland and quickly disappeared out of sight. 45 minutes into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were also spotted near the headland and were thought to be foraging. There were no more sightings for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW/S
Five bottlenose dolphins

Halfway into the survey, five bottlenose dolphins were spotted. Three of the dolphins were thought to be foraging in the area near the headland and two were travelling towards the headland. They stayed in the area for about 30 minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 0/1, wind direction SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/rain, sea state 1, wind direction NW

No sightings.

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10/06/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins

11 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: low visibility (fog), sea state 1, wind direction N/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling along the harbour wall in a westerly direction. It was briefly spotted midway between the harbour wall and the headland taking long dives, before disappearing. A short time later, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was seen leaping high out of the water and milling about at the surface near the cardinal marker. Near the end of the survey period, only one bottlenose dolphin was still seen in the bay, foraging off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 0, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The bottlenose dolphin seen at the end of the last survey period was still observed foraging off the headland throughout the first half of the survey. Another individual was also seen foraging further offshore for the first half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
Two bottlenose dolphins

Half way through the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging north of the harbour wall for roughly half an hour, before disappearing.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW/NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the end of the survey period, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west towards the headland.

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10/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

11 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

A few minutes into the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen just passed New Quay headland. They were observed leaping, milling about at the water surface, foraging and socialising. Half an hour later, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. An hour into the survey, a further three bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and leaping near Ynys Lochtyn, before travelling towards a boat and riding the bow waves and wake for a brief period. Near the end of the survey, a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted and observed tail-slapping, foraging and travelling east passed Birds Rock. Several birds were also seen throughout the survey, including several guillemot nesting sites, razorbills, kittiwakes, gannets gliding alongside the boat, and a red kite above the cliffs.

2hr survey. Start time 12:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, three Manx shearwaters were sighted travelling north-east close to the boat. Shortly after, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling south-east, followed by a sighting of two female Atlantic grey seals in the water. Nearing the end of the survey, a fulmar was spotted flying north.

2hr survey. Start time 14:47
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

Roughly half an hour into the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks. Half an hour later, a further two female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water.

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