13/10/2016: 20 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

14 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction S/SE

9 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

9 bottlenose dolphins were seen in five groups, throughout the entire 2hr survey. Included in one of the groups was a single juvenile (I.D. “Joey”). Split into five groups, they were mainly travelling and also presumed to be foraging at depth. A solitary Atlantic grey seal, identified as a female, was also observed bottling, staying close to the harbour wall for the last half-hour of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE

3 bottlenose dolphins

 

A single group of 3 bottlenose dolphins were seen only once for a single 15 minute survey period travelling south from the fish factory towards the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction E/NE

4 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

A single bottlenose dolphin was spotted chasing prey at the surface at least 700m out from the harbour wall. This individual was then joined by 3 other individuals, including one juvenile in the later surveys. Once all together, the dolphins leapt and lunged at the surface and then slowed their behaviour to foraging and long dives. A single, female Atlantic grey seal was spotted several times through the survey, once during the beginning and once at the end. She was first observed bottling close in to the harbour wall and then reappeared close to the harbour wall again during the final half hour of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SE

4 bottlenose dolphins

 

Two bottlenose dolphins, one of which was a juvenile, were seen leaping near the cardinal buoy. 15 minutes later these dolphins were foraging at depth, taking many long dives before going out of sight. After 30 minutes had passed, two different individuals were spotted 400m from the harbour wall swimming slowly around the same area and then disappeared before the end of the survey.

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12/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

13 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 2/3, wind direction E/NE

4 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

4 bottlenose dolphins were seen in up to two groups, presumed to be foraging at depth. The groups split and reformed for most of the survey period, coming to within 100m of the harbour wall. A solitary Atlantic grey seal was also observed, staying close to the harbour wall for almost half an hour.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction E/NE

1 Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was observed in front of Dolau beach during the final 15 minutes of the survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 2/3, wind direction N/NE

1 Atlantic grey seal

A single, female Atlantic grey seal was spotted several times through the survey. She was observed close in to the harbour wall and then travelled in a North Westerly direction, only to reappear close to the harbour wall again during the final half hour of the survey.

 

2hr survey.  Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction E

1 bottlenose dolphin

A single bottlenose dolphin was sighted during the first half hour of the survey. It was observed a couple of hundred metres out from the harbour wall, travelling in a North Westerly direction.

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11/10/2016: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

12 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E
4 bottlenose dolphins

4 bottlenose dolphins were seen for the first half an hour of the survey, leaping and performing tail slaps. At 09:15 a single bottlenose dolphin was also spotted leaping close to the cardinal buoy. 1 group of dolphins was seen in the second hour of the survey, which grew in size as the survey went on. They were mainly seen to be leaping, foraging and travelling in an Easterly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction E/SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-3, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

A single, female Atlantic grey seal was spotted during the survey. She was seen just North of the harbour wall, travelling East.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction E/ESE
1 bottlenose dolphin and 1 Atlantic grey seal

At around 15:45, an Atlantic grey seal was seen just North of the harbour wall, travelling in a North-westerly direction. A single bottlenose dolphin was also spotted at the same time.

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10/10/2016: 44 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals

11 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 9:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

14 bottlenose dolphins

 

A total of 14 bottlenose dolphins, of which three were juveniles, were seen throughout the entire 2hr survey. They formed five subgroups that spread out across the harbour to forage at depth. Groups were mainly spotted in between the cardinal buoy and fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 1, wind direction NW

10 bottlenose dolphins

 

10 bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the start of the survey, for almost the entire land watch period. Three of these 10 individuals were juveniles, distributed throughout the 16 groups spotted. They were seen doing long dives, milling around and travelling. Many of these groups also displayed leaps and lunges in between traveling.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 0, wind direction N

15 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

15 bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging at depth until 13:45 when fish were seen being thrown at the surface. This was followed by many leaps and lunges before resuming travelling and milling behaviour. One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming during the survey as well.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction N

5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

 

A tight group of five bottlenose dolphins were seen off the coast near the fish factory leaping and lunging at the surface. They broke apart into 2 groups, still in close proximity, displaying leaps and lunges then reformed into one group at the end of the survey. Two Atlantic grey seals were seen traveling near Dolau beach, left of the harbour wall.

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09/10/2016: 5 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

10 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey. Start time 12:17
Weather conditions: Sea state: 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 7-8 with no glare
5 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

Just over 10 minutes into the survey 3 Atlantic grey seals were spotted, including one pup. The adult pair consisted of one male and one female with both in the water and the pup hauled out. Another small juvenile seal was identified half an hour later further down the coast showing bottling behaviour. Towards the end of the survey 3 harbour porpoises with one being a calf were spotted from the boat travelling in a westerly direction. At the end of the survey, heading back to New Quay harbour a final adult male seal was spotted in the water briefly.

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9/10/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins

10 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr Survey: Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E/SE
8 bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were spotted throughout most of the survey with two separate individuals identified at the beginning travelling close to the harbour wall. Later a group of four was spotted in the area and likely the same four split and travelled in different directions. Towards the end of the survey dolphins close to the cardinal buoy where seen mingling and leaping at the surface.

2 hr Survey: Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 1, wind direction E/NE
2 bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were spotted briefly close to the fish factory headland at the beginning and mid way through the survey, thought to be the same group. Behaviour at first was staying with long dives thought to be foraging followed by leaping later in the survey.

2 hr Survey: Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 1, wind direction N

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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08/10/2016: 20 bottlenose dolphins, 12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

09 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey. Start time 12:18

Weather conditions: Sea state: 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 8 with glare

2 bottlenose dolphins, 7 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

 At the beginning of the survey a female grey seal was spotted hauled out. Three grey seals were then spotted about 10 minutes later, two adults (1 male, 1 female) in the water and a pup hauled out. Another two seals, one pup and one male adult were seen at around 12.49, again with the adult in the water and the pup hauled out on the beach. Later on in the survey, A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were spotted travelling South. Two harbour porpoises were also seen travelling West towards the end of the survey.

2 hour survey. Start time 14:34

Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light/medium swell, cloud cover 5-7 without glare

18 bottlenose dolphins, 6 Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the first five minutes of the survey, displaying foraging behaviour. Another group of five bottlenose dolphins was spotted at the same time, with four adults and one juvenile, also displaying foraging behaviour. Three Atlantic grey seals were seen with a pup hauled out on the rocks and two adult seals in the water. Half an hour into the survey, eight bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen travelling west and were thought to be the same eight dolphins as were spotted earlier in the survey. At 15.29, one adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen leaping and foraging. Later on in the survey, two grey seals were spotted in the water and then another single grey seal was spotted hauled out on the beach.

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08/10/2016: 8 Bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

09 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE
2 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

2 bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling from the headland across the bay at around 7.45am. 1 female grey seal was seen just north of the Harbour wall, travelling from east to west

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE

No sightings

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction N
6 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A group of 6 bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the headland travelling from East to West. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen, at first just North of the harbour wall and then travelling round to the South of the harbour wall.

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

No sightings

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07/10/2016: 2 Atlantic grey seals, 6 bottlenose dolphins

08 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

One female Atlantic grey seal was seen to be bottling due North of the harbour wall in zone 5 at 08:45.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth shortly after 09:00, due North of the harbour wall, but then not again for the rest of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling around 09:45, again just North of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull-Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE
4 bottlenose dolphins

1 group of 3 bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging at depth over zones 2 and 5, near the fish factory from 11:30-12:00. Another dolphin was seen foraging at depth near the fish factory around 14:30.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE
No sightings during the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction E-S
1 Atlantic grey seal

1 Atlantic grey seal was spotted throughout the survey, firstly around 15:30 and finally around 16:45. It was seen travelling Westwards, just North of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull-Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
1 Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was sighted at the beginning of the survey period around 1700, travelling Northwards away from the harbour wall, and again travelling Eastwards around 17:30.

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06/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals

07 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE

4 bottlenose dolphins

4 bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were seen shortly before 0900 travelling into the area from the North West.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE

2 bottlenose dolphins

2 bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were seen to the North and presumed to be foraging at depth.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3/4, wind direction E

1 Atlantic grey seal

A female Atlantic grey seal was sighted close to the wall on two occasions during the two hour survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE

1 Atlantic grey seal

A female Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the wall at the beginning of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE

No sightings during the survey period.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE

3 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A single Atlantic grey seal was sighted at the beginning of the survey period. Towards the middle of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were sighted; a group of two, which included a juvenile, travelled in and across the area from the North West; and a lone dolphin further out that was seen circling at the surface.

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