13/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

14 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast. Sea state 2-5. Wind NW-SW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

Half an hour into the survey, a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was sighted traveling south near the harbour wall. A further two dolphins joined them foraging in New Quay Harbour for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 5. Wind NW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphins were sighted throughout the survey with a mother and calf and another adult travelling north past the harbour wall. Here they continued to forage and another adult dolphin came and joined them in the last 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – sunny. Sea state 3-4. Wind W-SW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins including a mother and calf were sighted leaping and foraging between New Quay Harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. The mother and calf swam into the harbour briefly before the group moved further out past the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull – Fair. Sea state 3. Wind NW.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

15 minutes into the survey, a male Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water in front of the Harbour wall. Towards the end of the survey, a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind WNW.
Five Bottlenose Dolphins

At the start of the survey, a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was sighted in front of the harbour wall and a further single dolphin was seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy. The group remained around the harbour wall milling and foraging and another adult joined half way through the survey. The group moved out towards the cardinal buoy to forage in the second half of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – rain. Sea state 2-3. Wind SW-WNW.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was sighted in the first half of the survey foraging near the cardinal buoy.

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12/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

13 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 3-4. Wind W-SW.

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull – Fair. Sea state 3. Wind NW.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

At the start of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy, and an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming west towards the fish factory. In the second half of the survey a mother and calf and another adult dolphin were seen milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny-fair-overcast/dull. Sea state 3-4. Wind SW.
Five Bottlenose dolphins.

In the first half of the survey three bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were seen foraging and leaping by the cardinal buoy. Towards the end of the survey three adult dolphins were seen travelling north-east from the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sun and Showers-Sunny. Sea state 3. Wind SW.
Three Bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen milling at the surface near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair-sunny-overcast/dull-rain. Sea state 3-4. Wind SW.
Five Bottlenose dolphins.

At the start of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy. Later on two dolphins were seen travelling south towards the harbour wall, and a mother and calf were seen foraging around the harbour. At the end of the survey the mother and calf were seen foraging by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny-Overcast/Dull. Sea state 4. Wind WSW.
Three Bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey three dolphins were seen foraging around the harbour wall and the fish factory.

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11/08/2014: 19 Bottlenose dolphins

12 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny with clouds. Sea state 4. Wind SW.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with a mother and calf foraging immediately off the harbour wall. A single dolphin then continued to forage around the harbour bay for the majority of the survey, with another individual later seen foraging further out in the bay, closer to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 4. Wind W-SW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal buoy, a single dolphin was then seen foraging just off the harbour wall. Three bottlenose dolphins then traveled in from near the fish factory, and began foraging in the bay and settling near the cardinal buoy. These groups merged leaving a group of four bottlenose dolphins foraging near the buoy. towards the end of the survey this group left and two other bottlenose dolphins began foraging in the area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair. Sea state 3. Wind S-SW
Four bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey beginning with a mother and calf foraging near the cardinal buoy. Two other individuals were seen throughout the second half of the survey, moving and foraging around the bay. Half way through the survey a single Atlantic Grey Seal was seen in the water off the fish factory.

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny. Sea state 4. Wind SW
Three bottlenose dolphin.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey with two individuals foraging out near the cardinal buoy. Towards the middle of the survey while one bottlenose dolphin was still foraging near the cardinal buoy, a mother and calf were seen traveling towards them. These three bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) continued to forage near the cardinal buoy until the end of the survey when they moved closer in to Traeth Dolau.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 4. Wind W.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair. Sea state 4-5. Wind W.
Two Bottlenose dolphins.

No bottlenose dolphins were seen for the first half of the survey, until a mother and calf began foraging just off the harbour wall. They were later identified as Connie and her calf. They traveled across the harbour and followed the shore line of Traeth Gwyn, before returning to the harbour wall shortly before the end of the survey.

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10/08/14: No sightings.

11 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

Poor weather prevented surveying.

 

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10/08/14: 26 Bottlenose Dolphins

11 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: rain, Sea state 1, wind SW/ S
Five Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, apart from the last 15 minutes. Five bottlenose dolphins were seen within the first 45 minutes, including a mother and calf, foraging near the lifeboat station and milling at the surface towards the cardinal buoy. Later on in the survey a further dolphin was seen travelling east away from the fish factory. The mother calf eventually left the survey area, leaving the remaining three dolphins to forage around the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ Fair, Sea state 2/3/4/5, wind NW/ SW
12 bottlenose dolphins

Within the first half hour seven bottlenose dolphins were sighted. Four were seen North of the fish factory jumping and leaping, while a further three, including a mother and calf, were seen travelling SE near the harbour wall. No further sightings were recorded until the last 15 minutes where five bottlenose dolphins were seen jumping and leaping inside Newquay bay.

2hr Survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/ Sunny, Sea state 5, wind NW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

Six bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen within the first 15 minutes jumping and leaping, with a single dolphin milling at the surface. A group of four splintered off and were jumping and leaping towards the cardinal buoy. It remained quiet until the last fifteen minutes when a group of six dolphins, including a calf, were jumping, leaping and milling at the surface just off the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Rain, Sea state 3/4, wind SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen within the first half hour foraging near the cardinal buoy. A mother and calf were then sighted travelling SE just off the harbour wall, and were then joined by another dolphin foraging in the bay. A grey seal was also spotted in the water just in front of the harbour wall.

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09/08/14: No sightings

10 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr surveys. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 4-3, wind SW-WSW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind NW-WSW-WNW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 2-1, wind SW

No sightings.

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09/08/14: No sightings.

10 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

Poor weather prevented surveying.

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08/08/14: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

09 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:13
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Six bottlenose dolphins and 14 Atlantic grey seals

In the first half an hour of the survey, six Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water close to Birds’ Rock. An hour into the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and socialising off Ynys Lochtin. Following this, three Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water between Ynys Lochtin and Cwmtydu. A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling east towards Cwmtydu. Towards the end of the survey five Atlantic grey seals were sighted, three hauled out and two in the water by New Quay headland.

4hr survey. Start time 14:11
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-2, Sea temperature 18-19°C, visibility >10km, light swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Nearly an hour into the survey, a single male Atlantic grey seal was sighted swimming and eating fish in open water off from Cwmtydu. An hour later, a single adult bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping near Aberporth. This dolphin was then joined by a group of two adult dolphins mingling and two adult dolphins and a calf bow riding and wake riding. Only twenty minutes later still near Aberporth, another group of dolphins were spotted, this time a mother and two calves. These displayed leaping, tail slapping and bow riding behaviours. Following this, one further single adult bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging. On the return journey, a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water between Ynys Lochtin and Cwmtydu.

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08/08/14: No sightings

09 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

No sightings.

2hr survey/ Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind S/SE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind W/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. State time: 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind N/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. State time: 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind NW/SW

No sightings.

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07/08/14: Six bottlenose dolphins

08 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr surveys. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3-2, wind NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

A mother and calf were seen throughout the survey by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, including a mother and calf. The dolphins were observed foraging, fast circling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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