05/08/2016: Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

06 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

One dolphin was first seen at the headland foraging, before being joined by another individual. Later one dolphin was seen foraging close to the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00 

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction N/NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey one dolphin was seen foraging just off of the harbour wall and another was spotted foraging by the cardinal marker. Later both were seen foraging at the marker for the remainder of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00 

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-3, wind direction SW/NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen foraging at the start of this survey and remained by the cardinal marker, before travelling towards the headland where they were joined by three other individuals, with two seen leaping from the water, and another two seen travelling further around the headland.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-3, wind direction SW/NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

The five dolphins from the previous survey remained in the bay and were all seen foraging, with one calf identified within the group. Later through the survey three dolphins remained in the bay with foraging behaviour observed, before the dolphins travelled towards the cardinal marker.

 

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

At the end of this survey one seal was seen in the water just off the headland.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-4, wind direction W

No sightings.

Read the full article 0 Comments

04/08/2016: Eighteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

05 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging off the end of the harbour wall. It was soon joined by three more bottlenose dolphins including a calf, and they were seen foraging, leaping, tail slapping and mingling at the surface north of the harbour wall until the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were still seen foraging just north of the harbour wall. Further bottlenose dolphins joined them and later a total of seven bottlenose dolphins including three calves were seen foraging and displaying leaps and tail slaps between harbour wall and cardinal marker. At the end of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were still seen foraging by the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, five bottlenose dolphins were seen displaying splashy behaviour and mingling at the surface between headland and cardinal marker. A further two bottlenose dolphins joined over the course of the survey, with one group of bottlenose dolphins seen taking long dives by the cardinal marker and one group seen taking long dives near the harbour wall, both thought to be foraging at depth. At the end of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins including a calf remained in the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins were still seen, travelling across the bay and thought to be foraging. After disappearing for over half an hour, two bottlenose dolphins were again spotted by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging. A further bottlenose dolphin joined them, and they were seen foraging and travelling north of the harbour wall. One Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in front of the harbour wall, travelling towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

The three bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained in the bay, foraging and thought to be searching for prey on the move. Halfway into the survey, a total of six bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging between headland and harbour wall. The last sighting was made half an hour before the end of the survey, with two of the bottlenose dolphins seen foraging north of the headland.

Read the full article 0 Comments

03/08/2016: One Atlantic Grey Seal

04 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Fair, sea state 3, wind direction SW
No sightings

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain/sun, sea state 3, wind direction SW
No sightings

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
No sightings

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S
One atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic Grey Seal was sighted at the start of the survey in the water in front of the harbour wall. The seal was in the area for around half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3/4, wind direction SW
No sightings

No sightings.

Read the full article 0 Comments

02/08/2016: Three bottlenose dolphins and six Atlantic grey seals

03 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:01
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

Two adult dolphins were seen foraging and leaping from the water around the headland area. Four adult seals were then seen in the water along the coastline between Cwmtydu and Ynys-Lochtyn, with one male and one female identified.

2hr survey. Start time 14:12
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
One bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the trip, one dolphin was spotted in the bay foraging. Two seals were then spotted in the water between Cwmtydu and Ynys-Lochtyn

Read the full article 0 Comments

02/08/2016: Fifteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

03 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

 
Three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen foraging close to the harbour wall at the start of the survey. Later one adult and calf were seen foraging near the cardinal marker for around 45 minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction N/NW
Six bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic grey seal

Around half way through the survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near the cardinal marker. An Atlantic grey seal was then seen swimming near the end of the Harbour wall. Later, two dolphins were seen foraging then leaping at the marker whilst three dolphins foraged offshore of the wall.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/ 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two dolphins including one calf were seen around the cardinal marker with leaps, tail slaps and lunges from the water observed. Later three dolphins were seen closer to the wall, displaying fast moving behaviour. Another two dolphins were seen foraging by the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/ 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen travelling east towards the marker where they foraged taking long dives. One dolphin remained there before travelling back to the headland.

Read the full article 0 Comments

01/08/2016: Eleven bottlenose dolphins and 21 Atlantic grey seals

02 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
One bottlenose dolphin and eleven Atlantic grey seals

Three Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water and hauled out near Birds Rock. Over the course of the next hour, five Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water. On return to New Quay, three Atlantic grey seals were again spotted in the water by Birds Rock. Just before the end of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen foraging off the end of the harbour wall and travelling out towards the headland. On the way down the coast towards Ynys-Lochtyn, three Atlantic grey seals and two fulmars were spotted. On arrival at Ynys Lochtyn, four bottlenose dolphins were seen mingling, foraging, and travelling in a north-westerly direction. On the way back to New Quay, four Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water off the Ceredigion coastline. On arrival in New Quay harbour, four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen foraging by the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 14:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

Over the course of the first hour, three Atlantic grey seals were spotted along the coastline. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near Birds Rock, and two male Atlantic grey seals were observed in the water between Cwmtydu and Ynys-Lochtyn.

Read the full article 0 Comments

01/08/2016: Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

02 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Early in the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was seen north of the harbour wall travelling towards the headland in a north-westerly direction. Towards the end of the survey period, eight bottlenose dolphins including two young animals were observed just north of the harbour wall, mingling, lunging, leaping, and thought to be foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S-SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, with the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remaining in the area. A group of five bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging off the end of the harbour wall and a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging by the cardinal marker. The bottlenose dolphins were later seen travelling across the bay, foraging, and mingling at the surface between headland and cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, remained in the area from the previous survey. They were first observed mingling and foraging north of the harbour wall. Soon they were seen by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth and displaying splashy behaviour. At the end of the survey period, the bottlenose dolphins travelled in the direction of the headland.

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

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen by the headland at the beginning of the survey period, tail slapping and lunging, before travelling towards the cardinal marker. The bottlenose dolphins were last seen mingling between headland and cardinal marker, before leaving the survey area.

Read the full article 0 Comments

31/07/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

01 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

31/07/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: dull/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: dull/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

During the last 45 minutes of the survey, a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling east with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move, before being observed taking long dives in a single spot, thought to be foraging at depth, and displaying splashy surface behaviour.

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

Shortly into the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed travelling west with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move, and a lone bottlenose dolphin observed taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth, near the cardinal marker. These were shortly joined by a further two bottlenose dolphins, with five of the individuals, including two calves, observed taking long dives near the cardinal marker, and a lone individual observed displaying splashy surface behaviour north of the harbour wall. The groups split and reformed and, over the next 45 minutes, five of the dolphins were observed milling about north of the harbour wall, and a lone dolphin taking long dives near the cardinal marker. By the end of the survey, two of the dolphins had disappeared, with the remaining four, including the two calves, observed milling about at the surface north of the harbour wall.

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

The group of four bottlenose dolphins observed at the end of the last survey were still present from the beginning of the survey, still milling about but having moved close to the cardinal marker. The group remained in the area for the first half an hour, before two of the individuals disappeared, leaving a mother and calf pair displaying splashy surface behaviour north of the cardinal marker for the next half an hour, before disappearing. During the second half of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed briefly milling about at the surface near the end of the harbour wall, before travelling west with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging at depth, along the wall. Another bottlenose dolphin was also observed travelling west with irregular surfacing further north of the wall and towards the headland. Both dolphins had disappeared by the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/dull/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W/SW
One bottlenose dolphin

Roughly 45 minutes into the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was briefly observed travelling west with irregular surfacing, though to be foraging whilst on the move, north of the harbour wall and towards the headland, before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

A lone male Atlantic grey seal was spotted resting in the water in front of the harbour wall about 45 minutes into the survey, before disappearing.

Read the full article 0 Comments

31/07/2016: 21 bottlenose dolphins and 14 Atlantic grey seals

01 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

31/07/2016: 21 bottlenose dolphins and 14 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 11:12
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, four Atlantic grey seals were sighted hauled out on the rocks. Near the end of the survey, a further three Atlantic grey seals were sighted, also hauled out on the rocks.

2hr survey. Start time 13:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed leaping from the water, followed shortly by a sighting of another group of three bottlenose dolphins travelling in an easterly direction. A pair of Atlantic grey seals were also seen, hauled out on the rocks. Roughly half an hour later, a further two Atlantic grey seals were sighted, both observed bottling in the water. Towards the end of the survey, a group of five bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were observed foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 14:53
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Ten bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, a large group of seven bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile and one calf, were observed foraging and travelling in an easterly direction. This was shortly followed by a sighting of a pair of Atlantic grey seals, both hauled out on the rocks. Over the next hour, two fulmars were spotted flying past, and another Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water. Towards the end of the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling in a westerly direction, and a red kite was sighted in the air.

Read the full article 0 Comments

30/07/2016: Seven Bottlenose dolphins

31 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings.

 
2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction E

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging offshore at the Cardinal marker in the first half of this survey. Later on one remained foraging by the marker for a further thirty minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

In the first half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling from the headland in an easterly direction. An adult an calf were also observed travelling in a westerly direction closer to the harbour wall, before these two headed north west towards the headland.

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

No sightings.

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

In the second half of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east from the headland towards the cardinal marker, before staying in the area to forage.

Read the full article 0 Comments