10/07/2015 Five bottlenose dolphins, one harbour porpoise and eight Atlantic grey seals

11 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time: 10.45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2-1, visibility >10km, light swell
One harbour porpoise and seven Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey near bird rock five Atlantic grey seals were spotted, of which two were hauled out on the rocks and three were bottling in the water. Half an hour later another Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water, a couple minutes later followed by another sighting of a seal in the water. Five minutes later one harbour porpoise was seen milling at the surface going in a southerly direction.

2 hr survey. Start time 14.45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Right at the beginning of this survey three adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near New Quay. Approximately 15 minutes later one Atlantic grey seal was seen logging in the water near bird rock. Then at the end of the survey back at New Quay another two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging.

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10/07/15: 17 Bottlenose Dolphins and Two Harbour Porpoises

11 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair to sunny, sea state 1, wind direction varied from NE to S
Six bottlenose dolphins

There were bottlenose dolphins straight away in this survey with a group of two at the fish factory and a group of three behind the cardinal marker. Both groups were surfacing irregularly and possibly foraging deeper in the water. The group of three then left the harbour and the other group travelled around staying north of the harbour wall, where it was discovered that there were actually three individuals in the group. These bottlenose dolphins left shortly before the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins and two harbour porpoise

The first sighting in this survey was of a solitary bottlenose dolphin by the fish factory which was deep diving. It was only sighted briefly before disappearing, possibly around the headland. About half an hour later a pair of harbour porpoises were seen north of the harbour wall irregularly surfacing and shortly after two bottlenose dolphins were seen close by, though the porpoises had already left by this point. By the end of the survey all the animals had left the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW-SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the fish factory. Two more individuals were sighted in the vicinity of the harbour wall. An hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins around the fish factory were consistently sighted with one being identified as a juvenile. For the remainder of the survey an additional adult bottlenose was sighted and therefore included four adults and one juvenile thought to be foraging at depth by the repeated diving at depth within a small area.

2 hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1 increasing to 2, wind direction S-SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins were sighted irregularly diving and thought to be foraging. For the next hour they consistently stayed within the survey area and then were sighted with another bottlenose dolphin. Three dolphins were then consistently sighted for the remainder of the survey all staying in the area taking long dives.

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09/07/2015: 18 bottlenose dolphins and seven harbour porpoises

10 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N
Four bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

At the beginning of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted near the cardinal buoy, doing long dives. When two other individuals came travelling in from the east, including one calf, this individual joined them and they continued travelling west, where after they turned around and started doing long dives north of the harbour wall, joined by a fourth individual. Then the mother and calf disappeared past the fish factory while the other two stayed foraging for a bit longer near the fish factory, where after they disappeared as well. Towards the end of this survey one harbour porpoise was spotted travelling eastwards north of the wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N
Two bottlenose dolphins and two harbour porpoises

Right at the beginning of this survey two harbour porpoises were spotted north of the wall, including one calf. They were doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth, before they disappeared from view. Approximately halfway through this survey two bottlenose dolphins were shortly spotted, doing long dives near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-1, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins and four harbour porpoises

At the beginning of this survey, again two harbour porpoises were spotted travelling westwards far north of the wall, and later they turned around travelling eastwards. Later two bottlenose dolphins and two harbour porpoises were spotted quite close to each other, which is very unusual due to occasional aggressive behaviour of dolphins towards porpoises. The dolphins were travelling west far north of the wall, while the porpoises were behind them, travelling in the same direction. Soon the porpoises disappeared from view, where after also the dolphins disappeared.

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

At first a mother and calf were travelling close to the harbour wall. Then two groups emerged from around the headland and joined together in one group of seven individuals, heading southerly, splashing at the surface. In the meantime four individuals, divided in four groups, were around the cardinal buoy, later joined by the mother and calf which were close to the harbour wall. In total ten individuals were spotted throughout this survey, changing in group composition and moving throughout the entire study area. At the end only three individuals, including the calf, were seen milling around at the surface near the cardinal buoy.

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08/07/2015: one bottlenose dolphin, and one Atlantic grey seal

09 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: dull/overcast turning fair, sea state 4, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 4, wind direction NW
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal.

After 15 minutes, a bottlenose dolphin was sighted milling at the surface, and occasionally deep diving near the reef. The dolphin remained in the area for the rest of the survey period. There was also an Atlantic grey seal sighted just off the harbour wall, heading into the harbour.

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07/07/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins, two harbour porpoises and one Atlantic grey seal

08 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast/sunny, sea state 1-4, wind direction SW.

No sightings were recorded during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/sunny, sea state 4-2, wind direction SW.
Six bottlenose dolphins, two harbour porpoises and one Atlantic grey seal.

During the second half of this survey the entire big three was observed. At first two harbour porpoises, including a calf, were traveling north of the wall quite close by. Then later one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the head of the wall, and four bottlenose dolphins showed up, later followed by another two individuals. Two groups of two individuals were milling around at the surface north of the wall and doing long dives, while another one was milling around at the surface close to the head of the wall, and the sixth individual was also in the harbour, doing long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of this survey the female Atlantic grey seal was swimming in a northerly direction north of the wall. The two groups of two moved to positions in-between the head of the wall and the cardinal buoy, while the other two individuals stayed at the same place. A new individual showed up behind the cardinal buoy, which was later joined by another one from the previous seen individuals. During the survey the seven individuals kept splitting up and forming new groups whereby they were mostly doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather condition: fair, sea state 4, wind direction SW.
13 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey five individuals of the previous survey were spotted, later joined by another one. They were mostly doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth. During the beginning of this survey they also kept reforming the groups, before they left the area halfway through the survey. In the last half an hour new groups came into the area, in total five individuals were spotted. At the end two of them were doing long dives near the cardinal buoy, two other individuals were milling around at the surface in between the head of the wall and the cardinal buoy, and the fifth individual was doing long dives east of the wall.

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06/07/2015: Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals.

07 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

06/07/2015: Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 1, wind direction S.
One Atlantic grey seal.

One male Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water half way through the survey period north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE/E/SE.
Two bottlenose dolphins.

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted half way through the survey period travelling east past the headland with rapid progress and forward leaps. After splitting north of the harbour wall and taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, they travelled back out of the harbour, west past the headland, again with rapid progress and forward leaps.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 3, wind direction SE.
One Atlantic grey seal.

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour wall towards the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather condition: Rain/overcast, sea state 1 (3 when wind picked up), wind direction S.

No sightings.

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05/07/15 Four Bottlenose Dolphins

06 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny turning to heavy rain, sea state 3 decreasing to 1, wind direction varied E to SW
4 bottlenose dolphins

About an hour into the survey two bottlenose dolphins were spotted heading into the harbour not far from the wall. These were identified as a mother and juvenile, which were then identified by ShoreFin as ‘Jacky’ and her two year old. Shortly afterwards another pair of bottlenose dolphins were seen a few hundred metres away but they were only seen briefly before they left as the rain closed in.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: heavy rain becoming overcast, sea state 1, wind direction N

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast turning to thunderstorm, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings. End time 13:30 due to thunder, lightning and heavy rain.

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

No sightings.

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04/07/2015 Eleven bottlenose dolphins and two atlantic grey seals

05 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time: 10.45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted at the beginning of the survey in the harbour milling at the surface. The next two sightings were in the second half of the survey of two grey seals, both in the water. Towards the end of the survey, 2 dolphins were spotted milling at the surface 50m from the boat.

2 hr survey. Start time 14.45
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light swell
Eight bottlenose dolphins

A total of eight dolphins were seen in this survey in 4 groups. The first group of four were spotted right at the start of the survey foraging in the harbour, they were spotted trying to bow ride a yacht. The next two sightings were in the first half an hour of the survey, one of one dolphin and the other of two dolphins. Both groups were foraging at the surface. The final group of one dolphin was spotted towards the end of the survey foraging.

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04/07/2015 21 bottlenose dolphins

05 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

04/07/2015 21 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 9.00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain to fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE/S
9 bottlenose dolphins

6 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the first 15 minutes of the survey, they then dispersed and were not spotted again until the second half of the survey when one group of 2 dolphins and 1 group of 1 dolphin were seen foraging, leaping and travelling throughout the last hour.

2 hr survey. Start time 11.00
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction S/SW
6 bottlenose dolphins

A total of 6 bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey showing a mixture of foraging and travelling behaviours. They were spotted throughout the survey area though primarily by the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, usually in groups of two.

2 hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
10 bottlenose dolphins

The same 4/5 bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the survey, initially in separate groups of ½ individuals. At the end of the survey a group of five dolphins were seen leaping and foraging together, however it was unclear whether they were the same dolphins as earlier in the survey. The dolphins were primarily seen milling and foraging at the surface, as well as leaping and tail slapping later on in the survey.

2 hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind directions S/SW
12 bottlenose dolphins

6 dolphins were seen in the first 15 of this survey, 5 were the same as the previous survey and another individual was spotted by the cardinal buoy. The dolphins stayed throughout the survey showing a variety of leaping and foraging behaviours. The dolphins were spotted primarily by the fish factor, and stayed quite far from the harbour throughout the survey.

2 hr survey. Start time 17.00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
4 bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, they were four of the same dolphins from the previous survey. The dolphins were primarily spotted around the fish factory either leaping, tail slapping or travelling in either a group of 4 or 2 groups of 2.

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03/07/2015 21 bottlenose dolphins and 16 Atlantic grey seals

04 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10.45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

After more than an hour one male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. Over half an hour later close to New Quay four bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 12.45
Weather conditions: sea state 2 or 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Nine bottlenose dolphins and nine Atlantic grey seals

Right at the beginning of this survey one juvenile bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging, soon followed by the observation of another adult which was foraging as well. Five minutes later another four bottlenose dolphins showed up, including one calf, which were foraging as well as leaping out of the water. Ten minutes later two Atlantic grey seals were spotted hauled out on the rocks, of which at least one was a female. Approximately 15 minutes later a female seal was seen in the water, followed right away by another sighting of a seal in the water. At 2 o’clock another female seal was spotted in the water and ten minutes later a juvenile seal was seen hauled out on the rocks. At half past two three grey seals were seen hauled out on the rocks, two minutes later one bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging, soon followed by another two independent sightings of two bottlenose dolphins, both foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 14.45
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Eight bottlenose dolphins and six Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging, five minutes later another four bottlenose dolphins foraging, as well as leaping and afterwards travelling east. Ten minutes later four Atlantic grey seals were spotted hauled out on the rocks, of which three were females and one was a male. Less than an hour later another two seals were spotted, of which one was in the water and the other one was hauled out on the rocks. Twenty minutes later the same four seals were spotted again, still hauled out on the same rocks. A couple minutes later one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and two minutes later another two individuals were spotted, foraging and tail slapping as well.

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