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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03/07/2015 Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

04 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE-E-SE

No sightings were recorded during this survey.

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

No sightings were recorded during this survey.

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

At the end of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping north of the wall. Another two individuals were doing long dives near the fish factory, suspected to be foraging at depth.

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

In the beginning of this survey the same three individuals of the previous survey were spotted near the fish factory. Soon another two individuals were seen travelling north of the wall. One of the three individuals which were near the fish factory joined this couple and then they went towards the cardinal buoy, milling around at the surface at first, later leaping was observed as well. The remaining two individuals near the fish factory were observed throughout this survey, sometimes milling around at the surface or doing long dives, as well as leaping out of the water. The three individuals near the cardinal buoy were doing long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth, before leaving the area before the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey the same two individuals of the previous survey were spotted near the fish factory, in the meantime joined by a third individual. Then they disappeared and one individual showed up near the fish factory, later moving closer to the wall, milling around at the surface. When it moved back towards the fish factory the other three individuals showed up again, milling around at the surface. Then two left past the head land, while the two remaining individuals were doing long dives near the fish factory, suspected to be feeding at depth. At the end, while the two individuals near the fish factory were leaping, the lone individual showed up again closer to the wall, doing long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair to overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

Right at the beginning of this survey the three individuals of the previous survey were seen travelling towards the fish factory and disappeared past the headline. Afterwards no other sightings were recorded.

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02/07/2015 9 bottlenose dolphins

03 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10.41
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
9 bottlenose dolphins

The first sighting was in the harbour as the boat was leaving, 1 adult bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging. There were four subsequent sightings through the boat trip. A second adult was seen foraging and tail slapping 300m from the Sulaire, a mother and calf were also foraging and were around 150m from the boat, a third solitary adult was seen towards the end of the survey foraging and finally a group of four dolphins were seen back in New Quay harbour right at the end of the survey. This last group of four were leaping, foraging and lunging.

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02/07/15: 17 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

03 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast or fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction W
One bottlenose dolphin

Only one bottlenose dolphin was seen throughout this two hour survey; around 7am a lone dolphin was spotted milling at the surface in front of the harbour wall roughly in line with the headland. It only stayed for three minutes, however.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction N
Five bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen for the first hour of this survey but around 10am, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in front of the harbour wall and in line with the headland. They were displaying behaviours of leaping and splashing. A fourth dolphin was seen the same distance away from the harbour but much closer to the headland. This one was foraging at depth, surfacing irregularly. 15 minutes later two more dolphins were seen closer to the harbour wall, travelling east. Two of the dolphins eventually moved on, leaving three within the last 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair changing to rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
Ten bottlenose dolphins.

Within the first 15 minutes of this survey there were five dolphins, three of which were the same as the previous survey. Three were seen far out, near the headland and the cardinal buoy. Behaviours included milling at the surface, foraging at depth, and leaping. A fifth came closer to the harbour wall, milling at the surface. By quarter past 11 three of the dolphins had joined the nearest dolphin, showing behaviours of leaping and foraging, leaving one lone dolphin near the headland. They didn’t stay there for long, however, as they were later seen around the cardinal buoy. At the end of the first however, two dolphins were seen fishing near the wall. within the second hour only two of the dolphins were remaining, but they were soon joined by five more, and they were all seen to be splashing around and leaping.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2, wind direction varied from NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

The same six dolphins were seen during this survey, with no new dolphins coming into the survey area. Two were seen near the headland and four were near the cardinal buoy, all displaying foraging behaviours. The two came a little closer but after 45 minutes they had left. The four remaining dolphins moved closer so they were in front of the wall, still displaying foraging behaviours. They seem to have dispersed in the second hour, with three spotted off the wall, travelling back to the cardinal buoy, and one dolphin at equidistance between the buoy and the headland. At the end of the survey they had regrouped, however.

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

There were four dolphins seen from 15.30-16.00, milling at the surface around the cardinal buoy. They appeared to disperse during the second half of the survey with three and then two seen still milling at the surface but gradually moving over to the fish factory headland.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair to sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction N/NE/NW
One Atlantic Grey Seal

There were no dolphin sightings in this survey, however a female grey seal was seen swimming in the water around 17.45 between the fish factory and the harbour wall.

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01/07/2015 14 bottlenose dolphins and 13 grey seals

02 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: Sea state varied from 0-3, visibility 1-10km, moderate swell decreasing to light
Four bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals

As the Anna Lloyd left New Quay Harbour there were three bottlenose dolphin sightings in quick succession. The first was an individual about 900 metres away near the cardinal marker, the second was a mother and calf milling only 150 metres from the boat, and the third sighting was 2 minutes later by the fish factory- another individual milling at the surface.
There was then over an hour before our next mammal sighting, but we did see some interesting bird life including several groups of migrating common scoters and a Mediterranean gull. The survey headed down to Cardigan Island where we saw a total of seven Atlantic grey seals including three bottling in a group. A pair of choughs was also seen on the island. After the final seal sighting at about 12:30 we headed out to sea but had no further sightings as the weather closed in.

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, Light to medium swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

15 minutes into the survey the first sighting occurred of six adult bottlenose dolphins foraging in the harbour a few hundred metres from the boat. As the trip continued, there was a second sighting of a mother and calf which were foraging and leaping 250 metres from the Sulaire. There was then about 30 minutes with no sightings before a grey seal was seen in the water, followed immediately by another which was also in the water. As the boat returned to the harbour another group of two dolphins were spotted foraging and heading to west to the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2 increasing to 3 then dropping off to 1, visibility >10km, Light to moderate swell
Five Atlantic grey seals

Heading out of the harbour and towards Cwmtydu there were 4 sightings in quick succession of grey seals, one of which was only 20 metres from the boat in the water. All of the animals were in the water resting and looking around at their surroundings. Later as the boat returned to the harbour another seal was seen in the water by Birds Rock, with over 30 assorted gulls around it.

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01/07/15 27 Bottlenose Dolphins and One Grey Seal

02 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny or overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S-SE
Nine bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey with three groups coming into the harbour from the fish factory. One group of two headed out to the cardinal buoy, another came close into the harbour wall and a fourth individual stayed further away to the north of the wall. These same groups stayed in the harbour for over an hour before the two individuals headed back out past the factory. Shortly after, another two groups came into the harbour; three animals were travelling and irregularly diving, possibly searching for food and another two were foraging in a similar area north of the wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Four of the dolphins from the previous survey remained into this one milling around the cardinal buoy, one of which was identified as a juvenile. A new individual also moved in quite close to the pier. This individual then headed around the end of the pier where it seemed to be diving, possibly foraging for food. After this another dolphin joined one of the groups at the cardinal buoy and all three started displaying splashy surface behaviour with leaping and quickly circling causing white spray. The other group of two was joined by another individual and they continued to mill at the water’s surface. The groups in the harbour then kept splitting and reforming as individuals seemed to switch between groups until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair changing to overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE
Six bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal.

At the beginning of this survey there were still two bottlenose dolphins at the cardinal buoy milling at the surface. About 15 minutes into the survey another group of three including one juvenile were spotted in a similar area deep diving and irregularly surfacing. A grey seal was also seen in the water quite close to the harbour wall during this period though it was only seen for a short while before diving and disappearing. After this another bottlenose dolphin was seen behind the cardinal marker moving about very energetically at the surface.
About an hour into the surface the groups of dolphins started to move out of the harbour one by one, and by the end of the survey no dolphins were still in the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast or fair, sea state 2 decreasing to 1, wind direction varied from S to NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen north east of the harbour wall almost a kilometre out, irregularly surfacing and possibly foraging on the reef. About 45 minutes in, another dolphin was spotted behind the cardinal buoy displaying similar behaviour. All the animals remained, doing the same surface behaviour for around an hour, before joining together and diving but with occasional leaps too.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast or rainy, sea state 1, wind direction W-SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: rainy improving to fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

No sightings.

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30/06/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins, 8 Atlantic grey seals.

01 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

30/06/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins, 8 Atlantic grey seals.

5hr survey. Start time 09:55.
Weather conditions: Sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell.
Nine bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals.

At the beginning of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were sighted milling about roughly 100m from the boat. Half an hour into the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted bottling in the water. Two male Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, one bottling, and a female Atlantic grey seal sighted hauled out half an hour later. Three hours into the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were observed 300m from the boat, slowly travelling northeast, with displays of tail slapping and leaping. Towards the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging 200m from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:54.
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell.
Six bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals.

At the beginning of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging 150m from the boat. Roughly ¾ of an hour into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted 200m from the boat, foraging and showing displays of tail slapping. Two Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water and a female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out about one hour into the survey.

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