30/09/2014: Atlantic grey seals

01 October 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 1145
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven Atlantic grey seals

On the inshore leg of the trip two female adult Atlantic grey seals were seen, one was hauled out in the entrance of a cave and the other in the water. A few minutes later, below the landslip five seals were seen. These consisted of 3 pups hauled out on the beach, a female hauled out and a male in the water.

 

 

Read the full article 0 Comments

30/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

01 October 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind direction SE/S
One Atlantic grey seal

Early on in the survey a single Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water in the bay off Traeth Gwyn.

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, Sea state 3/2, wind direction S
One atlantic grey seal

In the second half of the survey a single Atlantic grey seal was seen in the bay, swimming northwest towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: sun/rain, Sea state 1, wind SSE/SE
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were seen foraging with jumping and splashing near the fish factory. They remained in there for an hour before being joined by other animals forming a group of six dolphins, including two calves and travelling determinedly east.

2hr survey. start time 1700
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, Sea state 1-2, wind SSE-E
Two Atlantic grey seals

Early in the survey a single Atlantic grey seal was seen in the bay off Traeth Dolau before traveling around the harbour wall and out of sight. Later in the survey again a single seal was seen, doing deep dives and foraging off the harbour wall.

Read the full article 0 Comments

29/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

30 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0/1, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light swell
Eight bottlenose dolphins and 11 Atlantic grey seals

Two adult bottlenose dolphins along with a calf were seen close to the New Quay harbour. And soon after another two dolphins were spotted. Further along the boat course, a male and a female Atlantic grey seal were seen hauled out by Llangrannog, as well as a female and a further unidentified seal in the water. Soon after this sighting, three adults in the sea were spotted along with three pups hauled out on the beach. A further three adult dolphins were seen close to the fish factory in New Quay.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0/1, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen foraging close to the fish factory in New Quay. Seven Atlantic grey seals, including three pups were hauled out of the beach near to Llangrannog. Upon the return to New Quay Harbour, a further four adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted a far distance away from the boat.

Read the full article 0 Comments

29/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

30 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey, start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 0/1, wind NW
Nine bottlenose dolphins

Halfway through the survey, up to nine bottlenose dolphins were seen close to the harbour and by the fish factory, displaying foraging behaviour, as well as travelling away from the coast.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind N/E

Five bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

Four of the bottlenose dolphins seen on the previous survey had moved out of range, leaving five dolphins foraging between the harbour and the fish factory. An Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling west, towards the harbour wall.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 0/1, wind E/SE

Four bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the pier and were later joined by another pair who were seen for the majority of the survey.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind SSE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the fish factory, later to be joined by a mother and calf dolphin, and a number of individuals. At the end of the survey, eight bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west, closer to the fish factory.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind E
One Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was seen at the end of the survey, milling around at the surface.

Read the full article 0 Comments

28/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

29 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

9hr survey. Start time 9:05
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility <10km, light swell
48 bottlenose dolphins, three harbour porpoise and 14 Atlantic grey seals

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and leaping close to Target rock. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen offshore from Target rock travelling fast in a westerly direction. Close to this, one harbour porpoise was seen foraging, followed by another two harbour porpoises a short distance away also foraging. Near to Aberporth head, four bottlenose dolphins – two mothers with two calves were observed slowly swimming close to the boat and bow riding. Close to this, six bottlenose dolphins – four adults with two juveniles were observed tail slapping. Close to Mwnt, four adult bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and tail slapping; they were also seen feeding on fish. This group was then joined by three adults who were travelling west. Off Aberporth head, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen. These were joined by three adult bottlenose dolphins that were observed to be leaping. Three gannets were also associated with this group. A new group of four adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling. Around 20 gannets and 30 manx shearwater were also seen nearby feeding and resting. Also near Aberporth head, one Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water. Further out from Aberporth head, a total of 12 bottlenose dolphins were seen – ten adults with two calves displaying  variety of behaviours such as leaping, fast travel, bow riding, tail slapping, socialising and close contact. At Mwnt, a total of 7 bottlenose dolphins were seen comprising of four adults, two juveniles and one calf. This group were observed to be foraging, leaping and socialising whilst in a loose group. Just off Aberporth, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging.
At Aberporth bay, off Penbryn beach, 7 individual bottlenose dolphins were counted – five adults and two juveniles which were feeding, leaping, tail slapping and bow riding.
One male Atlantic grey seal was spotted near Ynys Lochtyn which another spotted a short distance away. Further along from Ynys Lochtyn, six Atlantic grey seals comprising of three adults and three pups, two of the adults – one being male – were seen in the water, the rest were hauled out onto the shore. Another sighting of five Atlantic grey seals of three adults and two pups showing two adults in the water with the remainder hauled out.

Read the full article 0 Comments

27/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

29 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 1, Wind SE
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen for much of the survey, with animals foraging in the bay and near the fish factory. At times individuals came in close to the harbour wall, and jumps and lunges were seen.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 1, Wind S/N.
Three Bottlenose dolphins

Half an hour into the survey a single bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near the fish factory. Two more dolphins joined it in the bay and the three traveled around the bay foraging and jumping for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, Wind NE
Three bottlenose dolphins and an atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were present for most of the survey, with foraging behaviour shown across the bay. Near the end of the survey a single individual came in and began leaping close to the harbour wall. near the end of the survey an atlantic grey seal also entered the bay off Traeth gwyn.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2-1, wind N/NE
Two bottlenose dolphins and one atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were foraging in the bay, they moved out the bay and the majority of the survey was fairly quiet until a single male atlantic grey seal was seen in the water off Traeth Dolau. The animal traveled northeast away from the beach.

Read the full article 0 Comments

26/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

27 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 3-5, wind SW becoming WSW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, mainly foraging near the cardinal buy, occasionally displaying leaps.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 3 becoming 2, wind SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were spotted in the bay throughout the survey. Some, including 007 came close to the harbour wall. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the pier one hour into the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, Sea state 2, Wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were again seen for the entire period of the survey, mostly near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 1-2, Wind N to NE
Five bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy or travelling there throughout the survey. Some leaps were also recorded.

Read the full article 0 Comments

25/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

26 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey with animals coming close into the harbour wall on many occasions displaying common foraging behaviour, and some leaps and jumps.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast/Mist, sea state 1, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey a group of four animals were foraging with leaps and jumps in the bay north of the harbour wall, with another animal foraging normally near the cardinal buoy. Animals continued to forage around the bay including close to the harbour wall for the entire survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/Mist, Sea state 2, Wind S/SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey seven dolphins were all foraging in the bay at once, with one individual traveling close into the harbour wall, and a group of three animals including a mother and calf leaping and splashing just a little further out. After a little while the animals moved out of the bay, and sometime later another individual was seen in the bay, foraging off the cliffs north of Dolau beach.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, Sea state 2, Wind SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey one bottlenose dolphin began foraging out in the bay off Traeth Gwyn. Half way into the survey another individual also began foraging in the bay amongst the bay moorings. The animals continued to move around the bay for the rest of the survey showing normal foraging behaviour with deep dives.

Read the full article 0 Comments

24/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins

25 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind NW/WNW
Three Bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey one Bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and leaping near the fish factory.  Two dolphins then joined the single dolphin and continued to mingle near the surface.  Towards the end of the survey the three dolphins separated into two groups once again.

2hr survey. Start time 11.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 3/4/5, wind SE/NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3/4, wind NNW/NW

No sightings

Read the full article 0 Comments

23/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

24 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Six bottlenose dolphins and five Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen in New Quay harbour, foraging, including one calf. Three more dolphins were seen near the fish factory, two juveniles and one adult. Four grey seals were seen just north of Ynys Lochtyn hauled out on the beach, including two new born pups. Another adult seal was seen hauled on another beach nearby.

2hr survey. Start time 14:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Six Atlantic grey seals

One adult female grey seal was seen in the water just south of Cwn Tydu followed by another bull shortly after. Near here, two seal pups were seen hauled out on the beach and two adults were seen close by in the water.

Read the full article 0 Comments