05/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Atlantic Grey Seals

06 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/ Sunny, Sea state 0, wind N/A
Four bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were sighted only within the last hour and a quarter surfacing and leaping just off the fish factory. Later on they dispersed and headed over towards the cardinal buoy. Within the last half hour only two dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 0/1, wind N/A and NNW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the majority of the survey, firstly travelling, foraging and surfacing around the fish factory and slowly edging over towards the cardinal buoy and harbour wall. Here they were seen foraging and mingling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N

No sightings.

2hr Survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind NW
Four Harbour Porpoise, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

The first half hour of the survey was quiet; however a Grey seal was sighted offshore towards the fish factory. The last hour saw four harbour porpoise enter the bay. They were foraging, travelling and mingling at the surface offshore in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N
Four harbour porpoise

Harbour porpoise were seen throughout the survey, including one juvenile. They stayed offshore in front of the harbour wall, where they displayed foraging behaviour, and travelling in-between the fish factory and cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: Mist, sea state 1, wind NW/W
Five Bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen during the first hour of the survey. Then five bottlenose dolphins were sighted. Two were foraging next to the cardinal buoy and three just in front of the harbour wall. Three then moved off to towards the fish factory where they were foraging, a further two, including a juvenile, moved east of the cardinal buoy and were foraging.

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04/09/2014: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose dolphins

05 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Four Atlantic grey seals and five Bottlenose dolphins.

At the start of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water with a pup hauled out on a small bay near Birds Rock, and then Two Bottlenose dolphins were seen near this location foraging and travelling.  Another two female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out near Cwm Tydu. Three Bottlenose dolphins were then sighted leaping, milling and foraging past Cwm Tydu.

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04/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins

05 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0700
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind S/SE/E.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, mainly foraging and travelling between the harbour wall, Cardinal buoy and the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind E/NE.
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen during the survey foraging and travelling in the similar locations during the first survey, including several groups during some parts of the surveys.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind E.
Three Bottlenose dolphins

It was a quiet survey until the last half an hour when a mother and calf were sighted travelling from the fish factory to the cardinal buoy and then a single dolphin was sighted foraging near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind SE/ENE/NE.

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind SE/E/N.

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1700
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind E/SW/WSW/S.
One Bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted for half an hour during the survey travelling towards the fish factory.

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03/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins

04 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Fair, Sea state 1, wind S-SE.
Five Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, mainly foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 3, wind SSE-SE.

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind E-NW.

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-3, wind SE-WNW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen in the last fifteen minutes of the survey, foraging and travelling towards the fish factory and the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 1700
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind S.
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, mainly between the cardinal bay and the fish factory in the first half. Towards the end of the survey the dolphins were seen foraging and leaping around the cardinal buoy.

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03/09/2014: Atlantic Grey Seals

04 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 0-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Six Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water with a pup hauled out on a small bay near Birds Rock. Another female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out at Birds Rock, with another two seals in the water. Shortly after another seal was seen in the water, it was eating a fish.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell.
Four Atlantic grey seals

An Atlantic grey seal and pup were seen hauled out by Birds Rock. Another seal was seen in the water also by Birds Rock. Another seal was seen hauled out past Cymtydu. Finally an Atlantic Grey Seal was seen in the water offshore.

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02/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

03 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
23 Bottlenose Dolphins, two unidentified dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey a mother and calf were seen by birds rock travelling north east. Later on an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water by Cwmtydu. A group of nine bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were then encountered offshore from Ynys Lochtyn. These animals displayed a range of behaviours including leaping, close contact, foraging and travelling. Gannets were associated with the dolphins. Shortly after another group of four bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were seen leaping and socialising off shore. Gannets were seen flying overhead. Offshore from Aberporth two dolphins were briefly seen, but their species could not be identified. On the return journey a group of six bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) were seen travelling offshore at Ynys Lochtyn. Another group was seen in the same area, consisting of four bottlenose dolphins, which were leaping, travelling and bow riding. A further two bottlenose dolphins were seen at Ynys Lochtyn. Finally, an Atlantic Grey Seal pup was seen hauled out near Birds Rock.

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02/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins

03 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind NE-E.
Four bottlenose dolphins

In the first part of the survey three Bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy, and later on a single bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east from the fish factory. In the last part of the survey two dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2, wind E.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf) were seen throughout the survey, travelling from the fish factory to the cardinal buoy were they were foraging.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1-2, wind E-SE.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf) were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy throughout the survey.

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01/09/2014 – Two Atlantic grey seals, two bottlenose dolphins

02 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 1156
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 3-4, visibility >10km, Moderate swell.
Two Atlantic grey seals and Two Bottlenose Dolphins

Two Atlantic Grey Seal Pups were seen hauled out in between Cwm Tydu and Ynys Lochtyn. Two Bottlenose dolphins were then seen on the way back in New Quay Bay.

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01/09/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins

02 September 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

01/09/2014 – 16 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Misty /Sunny, Sea state 2, wind W/NW.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Five dolphins appeared in the last 15 minutes of the survey and travelled towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Fair and rainy, Sea state 1-2, wind WNW/N.
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three dolphins were seen in the first 15 minutes of the survey traveling NW.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Fair, Sea state 3, wind N.
Four Bottle Nose Dolphins

Dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy for the entire survey.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, Sea state 3/4, wind NNW.
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy for the first hour and another two were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy later.

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31/08/2014 – 13 Bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

01 September 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 1200
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 1-4, visibility >10km, Light swell.
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging in New Quay harbour. Shortly after a mother and calf pair were seen travelling north and leaping.

2hr survey. start time 1400
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 3-4, visibility >10km, Light – moderate swell.
Two Atlantic grey seals

A mother and pup Atlantic grey seal were seen hauled out near New Quay headland at the beginning of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1600
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 2-3, visibility >10km, Light swell.
10 bottlenose dolphins and Six Atlantic grey seals

A group of five bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the beginning of the survey in new Quay Harbour. An Atlantic grey seal mother and pup were seen hauled out near Birds’ Rock and shortly after a male was sighted in the same area. Four more Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water along the coastline around Cwm Silio. On the return leg, a group of five bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen travelling around New Quay bay.

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