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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06/05/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins, 4 harbour porpoise and 10 Atlantic grey seals

08 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr survey. Start time 09:35
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility 1-10km light swell.
Ten Bottlenose Dolphins, Four harbour porpoise and 10 Atlantic Grey Seals

At the beginning of the survey six bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging off New Quay headland. Two Harbour porpoise were seen travelling East near to Ynys-Lochtyn. Around 2 hours into the survey four more Bottlenose dolphins were close to the boat, bow riding, as the boat headed towards Cardigan Island. A total of 10 Atlantic Grey Seals were spotted along the coastline, some hauled out around Cardigan Island and Cemaes Head. Two more harbour porpoise were seen off Cemaes head, travelling North West. Over the course of the survey a variety of birds (including Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Herring gulls, Barnacle Geese, and Scoters) were sighted, with some observed displaying lots of activity, including diving into the water.

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06/05/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

07 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 07:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2-1, wind direction S/SE

 

A total of four adults and two juveniles were spotted from around 07:15 and stayed in the area throughout the survey. They were seen foraging near the cardinal marker and travelling towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

 

Nine dolphins were spotted throughout the survey out near the cardinal marker and in the bay. They were seen foraging at depth and circling in one area leaping and tail slapping.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE

 

Six bottlenose dolphins including one calf were spotted from start to end around the fish factory and the cardinal marker. They appeared to be foraging at depth throughout the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00

Weather condition: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW/W

 

11 bottlenose dolphins including one calf were spotted throughout the whole survey near the cardinal marker and by the fish factory. They were thought to be foraging at depth and travelling.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00

Weather condition: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted near the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00

Weather condition: sunny/fair/overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction NE/N/E/SE/SW/W

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the start of the survey off the headland and were thought to be the same dolphins spotted on the previous survey. They were seen foraging at depth and disappeared after around fifteen minutes. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted at the end of the survey swimming towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 19:00

Weather condition: fair, sea state 1/2/3, wind direction N/NW

 

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the start of the survey near the cardinal marker before swimming over towards the fish factory.

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05/05/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

06 May 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted from the beginning of the survey. They spotted travelling between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy.

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

There was three bottlenose dolphins and one calf spotted briefly near the fish factory.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather condition: sunny, sea state 1, weather condition N/NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather condition: sunny, sea state 1, weather condition N

Two bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather condition: sunny/fair, sea state 2, weather condition N

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted travelling between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory. Two bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted near the fish factory.

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04/05/2016: Two Atlantic grey seals

05 May 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were spotted near the coast northeast of Ynys-Lochtyn. First one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. A few minutes later this was followed by the sighting of a second Atlantic grey seal in the water. Some guillemots, razorbills and manx shearwater were also spotted during the survey.

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