12/08/2015: Three bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals

13 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

12/08/2015: Three bottlenose dolphins, Four Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:15
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10, light swell
Atlantic grey seal

After an hour into the survey one female Atlantic grey seal was sighted briefly in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 12:21
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals, three bottlenose dolphins

After an hour into the survey animals were sighted in quick succession. A atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water 20m from the boat which was joined two minutes later by 2 adult bottlenose dolphins and a juvenile whom were presumed to be foraging. 20 minutes later another Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 14:28
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10, light swell
Atlantic grey seal

On the return leg of the journey an Atlantic grey seal was sighted 30 m from the boat travelling in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 16:17
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10, light swell

No sightings

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12/08/2015: 24 bottlenose dolphins

13 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings, Uncategorized

12/08/2015: 24 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey, Start time 07:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction SE/S, sea state 1
12 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near to the cardinal marker, they remained taking long dives for 45 minutes close to the marker. One bottlenose was sighted directly in front of the harbour wall taking long dives. After 15 minutes an additional four bottlenose dolphins travelled into the survey area near to the fish factory before splitting into two groups and then leaving the survey area. Three new bottlenose dolphins were then sighted near to the harbour wall taking long dives and then splitting into two groups. An adult and juvenile remained near the harbour wall for the remainder of the survey while the one individual travelled offshore out of the survey area. Near to the end of the survey two new bottlenose dolphins were sighted next to the cardinal marker.

2hr survey, Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction E/NE, sea state 2
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the whole land survey beginning with adult and juvenile taking long dives within the harbour. After an hour two additional individuals entered the survey area separately near the fish factory and the cardinal marker. They remained in the survey area for 45 minutes before an additional bottlenose dolphin travelled from the harbour wall to the fish factory. At the end of the two hour period 2 bottlenose dolphins were sighted long diving near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey, Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction W/SW, sea state 2/3
Five bottlenose dolphins

During the first 45 minutes of the survey four groups of dolphins were observed in the survey area. Starting with three separate individuals based at the cardinal marker, near the fish factory and one near the harbour wall. They were taking long dives which indicate foraging behaviour. After 30 minutes an adult and juvenile were sighted taking long dives near to the cardinal marker. The dolphins left the bay swiftly and the remainder of the survey had no sightings.

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

No sightings

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

No sightings

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

No sightings

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11/08/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins

12 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

11/08/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins

4 hour survey. Start time 10:00.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Fifteen bottlenose dolphins.

Half an hour into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging 500m from the boat, before heading off. Half an hour later a further three bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were observed foraging and milling about the surface 30m from the boat. Within the next hour, two bottlenose dolphins, one a juvenile, were seen foraging 5m from the boat, another juvenile bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and eventually followed the boat, and three more bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were observed foraging before bow-riding the boat. After another hour a further four bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were observed foraging with fish seen at the surface and leaping 50m from the boat.

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11/08/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 1 basking shark

12 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

11/08/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 1 basking shark

2hr survey. Start time 07:00.
Weather conditions: fair, wind direction N/NE, sea state 2.
Nine bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals.

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted 15 minutes into the survey period, one travelling with irregular surfacing past the harbour wall, and the other travelling in with irregular surfacing from beyond the cardinal marker. In the next 15 minutes these two bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, in front of the harbour wall and by the cardinal marker. They were also joined in the survey area by two pairs of bottlenose dolphins, that travelled in from the west with irregular surfacing. By the second half of the survey period nine bottlenose dolphins were present in the survey area, all taking long dives between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker, and an Atlantic grey seal was also sighted in the water in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, wind direction NW/N/NE, sea state 1.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey period only three bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area, two of which were travelling north/north-west past the cardinal marker, with the third taking long dives further west. After 15 minutes only one bottlenose dolphin was seen to remain in the survey area, travelling east past the cardinal marker and then taking long dives by the cardinal marker for the rest of the survey period. It was also briefly observed chasing prey at the surface, with fish also seen.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction SW, sea state 1.
Three bottlenose dolphins, one basking shark.

The one bottlenose dolphin that remained at the end of the last survey period was observed still taking long dives at the cardinal marker for the first half an hour of the survey period. It was then joined by two further bottlenose dolphins at the cardinal marker, all of which proceeded to take long dives. A basking shark was then seen shortly afterwards, travelling north past the cardinal marker and the three bottlenose dolphins, before changing direction and travelled west away from the marker and the bottlenose dolphins, which continued to take long dives. The basking shark and the three bottlenose dolphins remained until the last half an hour of the survey period, by which time the basking shark headed off towards Aberaeron, and only one bottlenose dolphin remained by the cardinal marker, still taking long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction N/NW, sea state 1.
One bottlenose dolphin.

One remaining bottlenose dolphin from the previous survey period was observed travelling towards the cardinal marker with regular surfacing at the beginning of the survey period, before taking long dives around the cardinal marker for the first 45 minutes. It then disappeared for the rest of the survey period.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: sunny, wind direction NW/N/NE, sea state 2-3.

No sightings.

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10/08/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal.

11 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

10/08/2015: 13 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal.

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

A bottlenose dolphin was seen close to the cardinal marker, taking long dives, right at the beginning of the survey period. Shortly after, a further two bottlenose dolphins were seen in front of the harbour wall, milling about at the surface for the first hour and moving into the harbour before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, wind direction S/SW, sea state 1.
One Atlantic grey seal.

A male Atlantic grey seal was seen briefly in the water in front of the harbour wall about an hour into the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair/overcast, wind direction W/SW, sea state 2.
Five bottlenose dolphins.

About an hour into the survey period five bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile and a new born, were seen travelling past the harbour wall. They were later seen milling around at the surface with some splashy behaviour nearer the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, wind direction SW, sea state 3.
Four bottlenose dolphins.

Four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen milling about at the surface far out at the beginning of the survey period; possibly the same bottlenose dolphins as the previous survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction W/SW, sea state 2-3.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

Half way through the survey period, a bottlenose dolphin was briefly sighted near the cardinal marker, taking long dives. Another two bottlenose dolphins (identified as Jacky and her juvenile calf, regularly seen in New Quay harbour) were seen shortly afterwards, taking long dives at the tip of the harbour wall. Jacky and her calf stayed until the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction W/SW, sea state 3.
Two bottlenose dolphins.

The same two dolphins as the previous survey, Jacky and her calf, were seen throughout the survey period taking long dives.

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10/08/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins

11 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

10/08/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins

1.5hr survey. Start time 11.22.
Weather conditions: Sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Five bottlenose dolphins.

Towards the end of the boat survey, a group of five bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile and a new born were sighted, foraging in front of the harbour wall.

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09/08/15 Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

10 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:45.
Weather conditions: sea state 3 to 4, visibility > 10km, light to moderate swell.
Three Grey Seals, and two Bottlenose Dolphins.

After about five minutes, there was a seal sighted in the water, about 30 meters from the boat. About half an hour later, another two seals were seen in the water, and about an hour into the survey two Bottlenose Dolphins were seen about 100 meters away from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 16:13
Weather conditions: Sea state 3, increasing to 4, then decreasing to 2, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins.

About half an hour into this survey, a mother and juvenile were seen travelling to the south, but then there were no further sightings.

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09/08/15 Bottlenose Dolphins

10 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Dull and overcast, wind direction SW, sea state 1.
Six Bottlenose Dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey, there was a lone dolphin seen foraging far off shore. This dolphin remained in roughly the same place for the first hour of the survey. After about 15 minutes a group of three more dolphins arrived in the offshore area, where they remained for about 45 minutes. During this time they were exhibiting leaping and splashing behaviour. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey, all of the dolphins moved a little further in shore, but maintained the same behaviour. The group of three was also joined by a fourth individual. Soon after, all five moved further out from the wall again, though not quite as far as at the beginning of the survey, and they remained in roughly the same place for half an hour, until the last section of the survey. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, there were only two individuals seen, one off the headland, believed to be foraging, and the other near the wall, travelling towards the North West, where it left the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Dull and overcast, wind direction S to SW, sea state 1.
Six Bottlenose Dolphins.

At the start of the survey, there was a mother and calf seen around the harbour wall, who were later photo-identified as Jackie and her calf. During the second section of the survey, there were three groups of dolphins sighted. There was a lone dolphin seen near the headland leaping and splashing, there was a group of two dolphins at the cardinal marker, believed to be foraging. The third group, consisting of three individuals, was closer to the shore than the two at the marker, and they were seen leaping and splashing, rather than hunting. During the third section of the survey, there was a group of three dolphins seen travelling west past the headland, and they were also thought to be hunting on the move, as the dives were long and irregular. There were no further sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Dull and overcast, wind direction S, sea state 1 to 2.
One Bottlenose Dolphin.

At the beginning of the survey, there was a lone individual seen at the headland foraging. This dolphin was then seen travelling to the east, and was then not seen again. There were no further sightings from this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Dull and overcast, occasionally fair, wind direction S to SW, sea state 2.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins.

There were no sightings until the second hour of this survey. At about four o’clock, two individuals were seen, one just off the harbour wall, and the other out towards the cardinal marker. Both of these individuals were thought to be foraging. After about 15 minutes, a third individual was seen travelling towards the south east, though it was thought to be hunting on the move. For the last half hour of the survey, there was a mother and a calf near the harbour wall foraging both at depth, and also at the surface.

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08/08/15 14 Harbour Porpoises, Two Atlantic Grey Seals and 12 Bottlenose Dolphins

09 August 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 09:54
Weather conditions: Sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
13 Harbour Porpoises, Eight Bottlenose Dolphins and Two Atlantic Grey Seals

About an hour into this survey two adult Harbour Porpoises were seen swimming 400m from the boat. Then one hour after this the next sighting came. This was an adult and juvenile dolphin and these were seen leaping and foraging. Then half an hour later two porpoises, an adult and juvenile, were seen foraging and travelling North. Then 15 minutes later one grey seal was seen swimming and another was seen five minutes later also swimming. A couple of minutes later a group of six bottlenose dolphins were seen including one calf. The next sighting came 30 minutes later another harbour porpoise was seen swimming and within the next 15 minutes eight more sightings of harbour porpoises were recorded and these were all seen travelling northwards except the last group of two which were seen travelling South East.

2hr survey. Start time 14:09
Weather conditions: Sea state 1, visibility>10km, light swell
Four Bottlenose Dolphins and one Harbour porpoise

Within the first five minutes of this boat survey a group of two adult dolphins were seen foraging and leaping 100m from the boat. Then an hour later one harbour porpoise was seen travelling northwards 20m from the boat. Then in the last 15 minutes of the survey two more bottlenose dolphins were spotted 30m from the boat foraging. This group was made up of a mother and calf.

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08/08/15 12 Bottlenose Dolphins

09 August 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE, E and NE
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

15 minutes into this survey a group of three dolphins including one juvenile were seen travelling towards the fish factory whilst foraging. Three adults were then seen near the fish factory with two of these travelling towards the cardinal buoy whilst foraging and the third was seen staying in the area foraging. Then a mother and calf where seen foraging around the cardinal buoy. After half an hour these travelled offshore. One of the other adults was then seen travelling from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy after the mother and calf left survey area. The mother and calf where then seen again around the cardinal buoy foraging and these stayed there until the end of the survey. One adult was also seen foraging around the fish factory towards the end of the survey and was joined by another and these travelled towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-N
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

At the beginning of this survey there were three groups of dolphins; one mother and calf foraging at the cardinal buoy, another adult foraging and one milling at the surface around the fish factory. The mother and calf remained around the fish factory for 45 minutes before travelling North West out of the survey area. The other two dolphins were joined by another individual and travelled North West towards the fish factory where they remained for half an hour, though one left after 15 minutes. No more dolphins were seen for half an hour until one adult was seen foraging around the fish factory for 15 minutes before leaving.

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 N-NE
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

An hour into this survey a group of two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen offshore foraging and these remained there for about half an hour before leaving.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction NW

No sightings.

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