14/05/2016: Ten bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

15 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction variable
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling in an easterly direction north of the headland, thought to be searching for prey. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping and splashing, before it travelled out of the survey area in a westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW-NE
Three bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted about 15 minutes into the survey taking long dives between headland and cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. Half an hour later one bottlenose dolphin was spotted north of the headland travelling out of the bay in a westerly direction.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

During the second half of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted between cardinal marker and headland, milling at the surface. A large number of gannets were also spotted about a mile north of New Quay, resting on the water and feeding.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

Just before the end of the survey, one female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of the harbour wall.

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13/05/2016: 2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal and 1 Harbour porpoise

14 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 12:05
Weather condition: sea state 2/1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal and 1 Harbour porpoise

At the beginning of the survey there was two Bottlenose dolphins seen. There was one adult and one juvenile spotted foraging. Another sighting of an Atlantic grey seal was spotted a few minutes later. The seal was spotted in the water. There was another sighting around 13:59 of a harbour porpoise travelling north east. There was a large amount of bird sightings of guillemots, herring gulls, kittiwakes, gannets, razorbills, mixed gulls and Manx shearwater. The birds displayed a variety of different behaviour including diving, feeding and dashing in the water.

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13/05/2016: 7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

14 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. Then two groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted. One a group of two, a calf and an adult, which were observed travelling, taking long dives and surfacing at irregular intervals, thought to be searching for prey on the move. These were spotted to the left of the cardinal marker. The other group was a group of three, spotted to right of the cardinal marker and observed staying, taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. Then the two groups joined creating a group of five. The group was observed staying, fast circling at the surface and leaping. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen separate from the group by the fish factory. It was travelling with long dives and keeping a same constant heading. Then two groups of three were seen along with an Atlantic grey seal mi-way through the survey. One group was near the cardinal buoy taking long dives, whereas the other group was closer to the fish factory and were staying and leaping. The one Atlantic grey seal was seen off the end of harbour wall to the left, it was swimming towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE/SE
Three groups of 7 bottlenose dolphins

The dolphins from the previous survey were still around at the beginning of the 9am survey. Three groups were seen, there was one group of three who were travelling with long dives in between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory. Another dolphin was seen also travelling with long dives, but this dolphin was closer to the fish factory. The other group was a group of 3, one of which was calf. These were staying, fast circling and leaping. Then at 9:15, there was only one group of 3 dolphins sighted by the fish factory. These were staying fast circling and leaping. There was a boat encounter but the dolphin’s behaviour didn’t change during this time. The group stayed in the area until 9:30.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/A NNE
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was sighted at around 11:45am during the 11am survey. It was spotted off the harbour wall in line with the fish factory.

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

No sightings

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings

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12/05/2016: Eighteen bottlenose dolphins and six Atlantic grey seals

13 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins, among them a mother and calf, were observed leaping and splashing east of the headland for about 30 minutes. Then in the last 15 minutes of the survey two bottlenose dolphins, among them a mother and calf, were observed north of the harbour wall. They were seen travelling in a north-westerly direction, thought to be searching for prey while on the move.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction variable
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of this survey, the mother and calf were joined by two further bottlenose dolphins and were observed travelling out of the survey area in a westerly direction. Furthermore, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling just of the headland. Half an hour later, three bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and tail slapping between headland and cardinal marker. A female Atlantic grey seal was also spotted bottling and travelling in an easterly direction directly north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW

No sightings.

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

Halfway through the survey, two pairs of bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling between headland and cardinal marker. One pair travelled off in a northerly direction, while the other pair travelled towards the cardinal marker where they were joined by a mother and calf. They were seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging, north of the cardinal marker until the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
Six bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, were seen leaping by the headland in the first half hour of the survey. They were joined by another dolphin and were seen travelling towards the cardinal marker, thought to be searching for prey. Halfway through the survey, three Atlantic grey seals, two females and one male, were seen off the headland, diving and travelling in a north-easterly direction. Towards the end of the survey, two more bottlenose dolphins were seen north of the headland leaping and taking long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

Halfway through the survey, one male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of the harbour wall.

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11/05/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins

12 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

11/05/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather condition: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, moderate swell
Five bottlenose dolphins

The first sighting was of herring gulls, guillemots and kittiwakes which were resting in the water off the coast of bird rock. Five bottlenose dolphins were then spotted at 11:52am off the coast of Llangrannog. There were four adults and one calf. These were milling and were spotted around 50m from the boat.

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11/05/2016: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins

12 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

11/05/2016: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction SE

Eight Bottlenose dolphins were seen yesterday at 9:00am. There was a group of four seen by the cardinal buoy, one of these was a juvenile. These were fast circling at surface, leaps and tail slaps. Another group of two was seen to the right of the cardinal buoy. These were travelling with long dives and surfacing at irregular intervals. Another group of two was also seen closer to the end of the harbour wall. These were taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. Then at around 10:00, a group of two dolphins were seen, one was a juvenile. These were staying taking long dives and foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 2, wind direction SE/E

No sightings.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain/Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW

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

No sightings.

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10/05/2016: 16 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

11 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction N/NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: mist/fair, sea state 1-2, no wind
Eight bottlenose dolphins

In the last half hour of the survey period a pod of eight bottlenose dolphins, among them a mother and calf, were seen leaping near the headland and in the bay. Furthermore, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted north of the harbour wall in the last 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: mist, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Six bottlenose dolphins

Six bottlenose dolphins, among them two calves, remained in the survey area for the first 45 minutes. Some of the bottlenose dolphins were seen taking long dives near the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. The others were seen leaping between cardinal marker and headland.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Five bottlenose dolphins, among them a mother and calf, were seen near the headland travelling in an easterly direction. They were joined by a mother and newborn and were seen leaping in the bay, before travelling out of the bay again in a westerly direction. After about ten minutes time, four bottlenose dolphins were back in the bay and were seen taking deep dives and leaping.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 1, wind direction S
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the whole survey period. At the beginning of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins, among them a calf, remained in the survey area. They were soon joined by other bottlenose dolphins and a range of different behaviours were displayed by them. Some were seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, others travelled across the bay between headland and cardinal marker, while some were seen leaping.

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08/05/2016: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

09 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

08/05/2016: bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted travelling with regular surfacing offshore. Shortly after, it was joined by another individual, and a lone bottlenose dolphin was also seen north of the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also briefly sighted in the water in front of the harbour wall. The three bottlenose dolphins joined to form a group half way through the survey period and were observed travelling back and forth between the headland and the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction E/SE
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the end of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted off the headland and observed foraging and travelling in a easterly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction E/SE

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE
One Atlantic grey seal

A lone male Atlantic grey seal was sighted swimming in front of the harbour wall at the very end of the survey period.

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

No sightings.

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08/05/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins

09 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

08/05/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 10:49
Weather condition: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
10 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, was sighted north of New Quay headland, travelling in a north-westerly direction and observed foraging. Roughly an hour later, a pair of bottlenose dolphins, one a calf, was sighted foraging near Ynes Lochtyn. Shortly after, a group of four bottlenose dolphins was sighted travelling in a south-easterly direction and observed foraging.

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07/05/2016: Bottlenose dolphins

08 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

A total of three adults and two juveniles were spotted from around 09:45 and stayed in the area throughout the survey. One group were seen foraging near the cardinal marker, whilst the others were around the fish factory.

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

Six dolphins (including two juveniles) were seen during the first 45 minutes of the survey. They were foraging at depth and circling near to the cardinal buoy, whilst leaping and tail slapping. There were no other sightings for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction SE

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather condition: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/W/NW/N/NE/E

No Sightings

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