20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

21 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the first half an hour, another bottlenose dolphin had joined the original two near the cardinal marker, also seen to be taking long dives, before disappearing again fairly quickly. The original two bottlenose dolphins were then seen to travel closer to the harbour wall, before heading back to the cardinal marker to continue taking long dives. By the second half of the survey period, all the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SSE
Four bottlenose dolphins

In the last 45 minutes of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the next half an hour, a further two individual bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the survey area. One was seen to be foraging at depth, whilst the other was seen milling about at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The pair of bottlenose dolphins seen in the last survey period were still present in the first fifteen minutes of the survey period, observed travelling south-east away from the cardinal marker, before disappearing from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
One Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water in the last 45 minutes of the survey period, before disappearing fifteen minutes before the end of the survey.

 

 

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19/08/15: 16 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

20 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

19/08/15: 2 Atlantic Grey Seals and 16 Bottlenose Dolphins

4hr survey. Start time 14:00.
Weather conditions: sea state 0 to 4, visibility 1-10km becoming >10km, light swell.
Two Atlantic Grey Seals and 16 Bottlenose Dolphins.

The first sighting from this survey, a male Grey Seal, was seen in the water about 40 metres from the boat at about 25 to three. There was a second seal, this time a female, seen about five minutes later, this time nearly 100 meters away. About an hour after the first sighting, there was a group of five dolphins, including a juvenile and a new-born, seen about 200 meters from the boat. The next sighting, at four o’clock, was of a lone Bottlenose Dolphin foraging about 50 meters from the boat. After 10 minutes, there was another group of at least three adult dolphins seen foraging and leaping about 400 meters in front of the boat. One adult and two juvenile bottlenose dolphins were then sighted socialising and tail slapping 200m from the boat. Three more sightings of foraging bottlenose dolphins occurred, a pair of adults followed by two single adults near to the end of the survey.

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19/08/15: Bottlenose dolphins

20 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: overcast and dull, with rain to begin with, wind direction S, sea state 1 increasing to 3.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins.

At around half past nine a mother and a calf were seen off the fish factory, thought to be foraging. These two then moved closer to the harbour wall, where they continued foraging for about 15 minutes before disappearing. There were no further sightings in this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: rain turning to overcast, wind direction SE, sea state 2 to 1, becoming 2 again later.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: dull and overcast becoming fair, sea state 3 increasing to 4, then decreasing to 2.

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: dull and overcast, wind direction SE, sea state 2 to 1.
Nine Bottlenose Dolphins.

15 minutes into this survey a group of three dolphins were seen chasing prey at the surface of the water near the fish factory. They kept doing this for about half an hour. Two of the dolphins remained near the fish factory, where they were seen splashing and leaping in the water. The other of the three was seen travelling towards the cardinal marker. Shortly after, four new dolphins, in two groups, one of three, and one on its own, were seen entering the survey area from near the headland. These dolphins did not remain in the survey area. At around quarter past four, there were another two dolphins seen foraging off the headland at the fish factory. There were no further sightings in this survey.

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18/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

19 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

18/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W/NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W/NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction W/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Half an hour into the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling into the survey area from the west with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move. The pair travelled to the cardinal marker, where they were further observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, before disappearing for the rest of the survey period. At the beginning of the second half of the survey period, two more bottlenose dolphins, one identified as a calf, had travelled close to the harbour wall and were last seen travelling east past the wall, before disappearing for the rest of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the end of the first half of the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed leaping/tail slapping/lunging between the harbour wall and the headland. A fifth bottlenose dolphin joined the group by the beginning of the second half of the survey period, joining in with the initial group’s behaviour. The group then split into two groups. The first was of three individuals, which carried on with their splashy behaviour, whilst the second group of two individuals were observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, a short distance away. In the last half an hour of the survey period, the groups soon merged again into one group of five individuals, and were last observed travelling, with regular surfacing, out of the area in a north-westerly direction.

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18/08/2015: 2 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

19 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

18/08/2015: 2 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 14:22
Weather conditions: sea state 3-4, visibility > 10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

An hour into the survey, a sighting was made of an individual male Atlantic grey seal in the water, shortly followed by another sighting of another Atlantic grey seal, also in the water. Fifteen minutes later, another Atlantic grey seal, a female, was spotted hauled out. Just before the end of the survey, two leaping bottlenose dolphins were seen as the boat was coming back into New Quay harbour.

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17/08/15 23 Bottlenose Dolphins, Four Atlantic grey seals, 10 harbour porpoises

18 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

All day survey. Start time 09:35
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell occasionally moderate
23 bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals and 10 harbour porpoises

Within five minutes of the start of this survey two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf were seen foraging outside New Quay harbour. One minute later an adult and a juvenile were also seen foraging. The next sighting occurred two hours later when one harbour porpoise was seen travelling. Then half an hour later one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 450m from the boat. After another half an hour 2 bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling in front of the boat. 30 minutes after this sighting two adult harbour porpoises were seen travelling North at a distance of 500m from the boat. There were three more harbour porpoises seen travelling North East one hour and 20 minutes later and this group consisted of two adults and one calf. 25 minutes later a single Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 1km from the boat. Two more adult harbour porpoises were then spotted ten minutes later travelling North West 150m from the boat and were quickly followed five minutes later by two more adult harbour porpoises foraging. Twenty minutes later one grey seal was seen swimming directly in front of the boat. 35 minutes after this we encountered a group of 10 bottlenose dolphins travelling, socialising and tail slapping 20m from the boat. The group of ten consisted of seven adults, two calves and one new born. The next sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal in the water 20m from the boat. 15 minutes after this a mother and calf group of bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging, socialising and leaping 500m in front of the boat. Then another group of bottlenose dolphins, consisting of two adults and one calf were seen foraging 50m in front of the boat. Bottlenose dolphins were also the subject of the last sighting of the day. An adult and juvenile were viewed foraging 70m from the boat within the last 15 minutes of the survey.

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17/08/15 Eight Bottlenose Dolphins

18 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S
Six Bottlenose Dolphins.

At the very end of this two hour survey three groups of bottlenose dolphins came into the harbour, one of the groups containing a new born. The group with the new born dolphin and two adults came within a couple of hundred metres of the harbour wall where they were diving and irregularly surfacing. The other two groups were displaying the same behaviour but further away from the wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair turning sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

Five of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained in the harbour through this survey too- the group of three and a group of two. The animals started off regularly surfacing, with the new born’s group staying close to the harbour wall for some time, before changing to diving behaviour. The group then split with one individual heading towards the reef. Later in the survey this animal was seen chasing prey at the surface towards the cardinal marker while the other groups in the bay continued to dive. Throughout the rest of the survey the mother and calf group and the individual moved around the harbour particularly around the cardinal buoy, and the other group of two travelled out of the harbour. At the end of the survey a new individual came in between the harbour wall and the fish factory leaping and splashing about.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S turning NE
Three Bottlenose Dolphins

The leaping individual and the mother and calf group both remained in the harbour through this survey. To begin with, the larger group was seen diving near the cardinal marker and the individual was very close into the harbour wall, but the two groups joined together early in the survey and travelled further away from the wall. One adult was seen leaping before the group split up again and one adult was seen chasing prey at the surface of the water, whilst the mother and calf foraged. The mother and calf remained foraging offshore whilst the individual dolphin was seen close to the harbour wall travelling east. The group re-joined further out from the harbour wall for the last 15 minutes of this survey and travelled west towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE-N
Three bottlenose dolphins

The group of three dolphins from the last survey remained offshore foraging, and they were also joined by one individual beside the cardinal buoy. These dolphins remained for half an hour before the group of three disappeared and the individual dolphin travelled north out of the survey area. There were no more dolphins seen for the remainder of this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction N-NE

No sightings

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16/08/15: 35 bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals, 1 harbour porpoise

17 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey.  Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2 to 1, visibility >10km, light swell
18 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting for this survey was about five minutes after departure, when a single adult Bottlenose Dolphin was seen off the right of the boat travelling towards the east.  About five minutes later, another lone adult was seen travelling quickly to the east. Then within the next five minutes two more individual dolphins were seen both deep diving whilst travelling fast to the east. Then in the next five minutes two groups of dolphins were seen. The first consisted of 2 adults travelling quickly to the east and the second was made up of an adult and juvenile which were also travelling quickly towards the east. About 15 minutes later another adult and juvenile group was seen tail slapping, staying at the surface and leaping, socialising and in close contact. Then half an hour later a group of two adults and a calf bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging. 45 minutes later the next sighting was of a group of 3 adults and a calf foraging and tail slapping. One hour later an individual bottlenose dolphin was seen 50m from the boat foraging and tail slapping. Then 30 minutes later one adult male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 80m from the boat. This was followed soon after by another sighting of an adult Atlantic grey seal in the water 20m from the boat. The last sighting of this survey was of one adult female seal in the water and this was seen within the last ten minutes of the survey.

4hr survey. Start time 14:10
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
17 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals and 1 harbour porpoise

During the first hour, a male Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks, and 11 bottlenose dolphins including 3 calves and a juvenile were seen foraging or travelling west. 7 more bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen during the following hour. They were displaying a mixture of foraging and travelling behaviour, as well as some tail slapping and leaping. One the way back to New Quay, a harbour porpoise was briefly seen travelling by, and a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted on the rocks.

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16/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins

16 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

16/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 2-1, wind direction S
Five bottlenose dolphins

The first bottlenose dolphin, observed foraging at depth near the fish factory, was seen 45 minutes into the survey period. This individual remained alone in this area for about half an hour, before two more bottlenose dolphins joined it. One was offshore, milling about at the surface, and the other was observed foraging at depth close to the harbour wall. These individuals were joined 15 minutes later in the survey area by a mother and her calf, which were seen offshore milling about at the surface, whilst the other three continued to forage at depth individually. One of the three individual dolphins then joined the mother and calf group for the last 15 minutes, travelling south towards the harbour wall whilst leaping. The other two individuals remained foraging at depth on their own.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, the same group of five bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move, east towards the cardinal marker. They were joined by another two bottlenose dolphins, also travelling east with irregular surfacing. This group of two travelled into New Quay harbour to forage at depth amongst the boats, remaining there for 45 minutes. Three of the group of five bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west with irregular surfacing towards the fish factory, before being observed foraging at depth just off the headland. In the second half of the survey period, the two bottlenose dolphins seen foraging in the harbour travelled with irregular surfacing north-west towards the pair of dolphins foraging off the headland. In the final half an hour of the survey period, four of the bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives near the cardinal marker, before making their way back towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind direction N/NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling west with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move, towards the fish factory. A mother and calf pair was also seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, around the cardinal marker. The pair remained foraging around the cardinal marker for half an hour, whilst a group of three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, was seen travelling towards the cardinal marker from the west. The mother and calf pair then moved off, travelling north-east with irregular surfacing, whilst the other group of three dolphins were observed mingling at the surface, closer to the harbour wall. The group of three then split up into one individual and a mother and calf pair. The mother and calf foraged at depth around the cardinal marker, alongside the other mother and calf pair. The individual dolphin was seen travelling towards the cardinal marker with irregular surfacing. In the second half of the survey period, both mother and calf pairs and the individual dolphin were all observed foraging at depth around the cardinal marker, before one of the pairs and the individual moved away, disappearing from the survey area. One mother and calf pair were seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker till the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast/sun and showers, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, the same mother and calf pair seen at the end of the last survey period were continued to be observed foraging at depth near the cardinal marker, staying there for the first 45 minutes. Half way through the survey period, a group of three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed travelling east from the headland, before turning back on themselves, to forage at depth off the headland. The mother and calf pair were again seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker. The final half an hour of the survey period, and the survey day, saw the disappearance of all the dolphins from the survey area.

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15/08/2015: 14 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

16 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

15/08/2015: 14 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
Two Atlantic grey seals and one bottlenose dolphin

Half an hour into the survey period, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted just in front of the harbour wall, briefly exposing its head out of the water, before disappearing again. Shortly afterwards, a single bottlenose dolphin surfaced briefly at the end of the harbour wall, before disappearing for the remainder of the survey period. During the last 45 minutes, another Atlantic grey seal, a male, was sighted bottling and surfacing repeatedly in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/ sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W/NW
One Atlantic grey seal and two bottlenose dolphins

The same Atlantic grey seal was seen briefly at the beginning of this survey period, but disappeared for the remainder of the day. At the end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins was sighted at the cardinal marker, briefly travelling north with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move. At the end of the period they were observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

The two bottlenose dolphins observed at the end of the last survey period foraged around the cardinal marker for the first 45 minutes. Half way through the survey period, two more bottlenose dolphins appeared in the survey area, joining the previous two individuals in front of the harbour wall to socialise at the water surface. By the end of the survey period, only one bottlenose dolphin of the group was observed, milling about at the surface near the cardinal marker.

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

At the beginning of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling south towards the harbour wall, with irregular surfacing, before stopping to take long dives. In the second half of the survey period, the two bottlenose dolphins were foraging at depth by the cardinal marker, before one of them disappeared. The remaining bottlenose dolphin travelled around the survey area in the last 45 minutes, foraging at depth, but was not seen in the next survey period.

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

Half way through the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling with regular surfacing, past the harbour wall in a northerly direction, before disappearing for the rest of the period.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

At the very end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling past the harbour wall with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging at whilst on the move. The pair, a mother and her juvenile calf, were seen foraging in the harbour past the survey hours.

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