31/03/2016: 12 bottlenose dolphins, 1 harbour porpoise and 1 Atlantic grey seal

01 April 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

5.5hr survey. Start time 11:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
12 bottlenose dolphins, 1 harbour porpoise and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Our first sighting was at 13:00 where a male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water around 8 miles off the coast of Aberystwyth. We then spotted 3 bottlenose dolphins travelling east across Cardigan Bay. There was another sighting of 9 bottlenose dolphins in the same area soon after. These animals were travelling west, bow riding and leaping. A harbour porpoise was spotted around 16:30 off the coast of Aberaeron. The animal was travelling in a north easterly direction.

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30/03/2016 : 1 bottlenose dolphin and 2 harbour porpoise

31 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Uncategorized

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

Mid survey one bottlenose dolphin surfaced twice near the fish factory travelling in a westerly direction.

2hr survey, Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction variable SW/NW/W
No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3/2, wind direction S/SW/W
Two harbour porpoise

Two harbour porpoise were seen within the first half hour off the fish factory travelling in a westerly direction.

2hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction variable SW/NW backing W
No sightings.

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29/03/2016 : 1 Bottlenose Dolphin and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

30 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: dull/sunny, sea state 3/2, wind direction SE/SW

One bottlenose dolphin was seen briefly near the fish factory. One Atlantic grey seal was seen near the harbour wall.

2hr survey, Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3/2, wind direction SW/S

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SE/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/showers, sea state 2/1, wind direction S/SE

No sightings.

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28/03/2016 : 8 bottlenose dolphins

29 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Four bottlenose dolphins were sighted during the last 30 minutes of the survey. They were seen foraging just off the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N/NE/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were sighted during the first 15 minutes of the survey. They were seen just off the end of the harbour wall. There were no other sightings for the duration of the survey.

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27/03/2016 : 7 bottlenose dolphins

28 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

27/03/2016 : 7 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/dull/sunny, sea state 3/2, wind direction S/SW

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling across the bay and in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey, Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3/2, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/sunny, sea state 3/2, wind direction SE/SW

Three bottlenose dolphins were sighted north of the harbour wall, between the headland and the cardinal marker.

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

No sightings.

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26/03/2016: 1 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

27 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction S/SW

At the beginning of the survey, one Harbour Porpoise was seen just in front of the harbour wall. It was only seen once.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 3, wind direction S/SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 3, wind direction SE

A Male Atlantic Grey Seal was seen following surfers around in the bay north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 3, wind direction S/SE

No sightings

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25/03/2016: 2 Atlantic grey seals

26 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

25/03/2016: 2 Atlantic grey seals

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction W
One Atlantic grey seal

Towards the end of the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted bobbing on the surface north of the harbour wall.

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

At the beginning of the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted between the headland and the cardinal marker, north-east of the harbour wall.

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

No sightings.

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16/03/2016: 3 Harbour Porpoise

17 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NE.
3 Harbour Porpoise

Within the first half hour of the survey 2 harbour porpoise were seen travelling in a northerly direction about 500 metres north east of the harbour wall. Shortly after, a third harbour porpoise was observed foraging about 100 metres north of the harbour wall. It remained in the area until mid-survey. After this there were no further sightings.

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15/3/2016: 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

15 March 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE.
1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

There was a lone grey seal sighted at around 12 noon. It was seen in the water in front of the harbour wall.  There were no further sightings from this survey.

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03/03/2016: One Atlantic Grey Seal

03 March 2016 Categories: Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00. 
Weather conditions: dull and overcast early quickly becoming brighter, sea state 4 moderating to 3 mid survey, wind direction north west.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: sunny becoming overcast with rain at the end, sea state 2, wind direction SW.
1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

In the last 15 minutes of this survey, a female Grey Seal was seen bottling in the water in front of the harbour wall. There were no further sightings from this survey.

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