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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05/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 8 Atlantic grey seals

06 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

A single female Atlantic grey seal was seen about half way through the survey, and was displaying foraging behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2/3, wind direction E/SE
2 Atlantic grey seals

2 Atlantic grey seals were spotted during the survey, just North of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SE
2 bottlenose dolphins

2 bottlenose dolphins were seen during the second hour of the survey. They were thought to be foraging, and were spotted around the cardinal buoy from 11.45 until 13.00.

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

A female Atlantic grey seal was seen for the last 45 minutes of the survey. It was first seen bottling by the harbour wall, and then moved towards the headland and continued bottling.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction E/SE
3 Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling between Dolau beach and the headland. A female Atlantic grey seal was then seen just North of the harbour wall at 15.45, and another was spotted during the last half hour of the survey in the same spot.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction E
3 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A group of 3 bottlenose dolphins was seen just East of the headland travelling to the West. 1 Atlantic grey seal was then spotted later in the survey, bottling and lying motionless at the surface, just North of the harbour wall.

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04/10/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins, 8 Atlantic grey seals

05 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

04/10/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins, 8 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SE
3 bottlenose dolphins, 4 Atlantic grey seals

One seal was spotted about 15 minutes into the survey, seen within meters of the harbour wall in the water. It was identified as being female. Later on, another 3 seals were seen by the wall, including a male and a female. Also, 3 dolphins were sighted towards the end of the survey, displaying slow circling or milling behaviours.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SE/E
6 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

Dolphins were seen throughout the entirety of the survey, performing leaps and long dives about 500m from the harbour wall. During the watch, two seals were also recorded, with one coming within 50m of the survey point.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/dull, sea state 3, wind direction S/SE
3 bottlenose dolphins

The dolphins were seen during the first half hour of the watch – leaping and tail slapping the water about 1km from the wall. They were not seen again during the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE
7 bottlenose dolphins

During the last half hour of the survey, at least 7 individuals (including 2 juveniles) were seen travelling from the headland towards the cardinal buoy. They were seen to be travelling quickly with forward leaps and prominent breaches out of the water. During the watch we saw an individual known as ‘Snowcap’ – one of our most identifiable dolphins that we see here.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/dull, sea state 2, wind direction SE
9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

Nine dolphins were seen during the survey, including 3 juveniles. They were recorded to be going for long foraging dives, and were also seen leaping out of the water quite regularly. Towards the end of the survey the dolphins disappeared from sight as they travelled further North from the survey point.
About an hour into the survey, a seal female seal was spotted swimming just off Dolau beach to the left of the main harbour wall.

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

The individual seal was seen right as the start of the watch, just a few meters from the harbour wall. It was also identified as female.

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03/10/2016: 30 bottlenose dolphins, 4 Atlantic grey seals

04 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 07:00

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

5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

3 bottlenose dolphins were spotted lunging, leaping, and displaying many tail slaps just off the harbour wall at 07:00am. They were later joined by two more dolphins further out West. The group was seen doing many long dives near the fish factory, thought to be foraging at depth.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling off shore.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

11 bottlenose dolphins

A total of 11 bottlenose dolphins, of which 2 were juveniles, were seen throughout the 9:00am survey. One group of 6 travelled towards the cardinal buoy and then later put on a show of leaps and lunges near the harbour wall. This group then separated to form 4 subgroups spanning the New Quay harbour. These subgroups were foraging at depth along with 5 new individuals that appeared.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

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

4 bottlenose dolphins

4 bottlenose dolphins were seen during the first 15 minutes of the survey, foraging and traveling at irregular intervals. These individuals were widely spread out from each other over the span of the harbour.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW

2 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging at depth near the cardinal buoy in the latter half of the survey. Two Atlantic grey seals were seen traveling near the harbour wall on separate occasions during the survey.

 

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00

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

7 bottlenose dolphins

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted North of the harbour wall tail slapping and leaping then started travelling as a group. One of the previous groups was then spotted during the second half of the survey leaping and travelling towards the cardinal buoy.

 

2h survey.  Start time 17:00

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

1 bottlenose dolphin, 1 Atlantic grey seal

A single grey seal was seen briefly swimming close to the harbour wall at the start of the survey. One bottlenose dolphin was spotted some distance off shore leaping and splashing at the surface and then milling in the same location for an hour.

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02/10/2016: 44 Atlantic grey seals, 2 harbour porpoises, 19 bottlenose dolphins

03 October 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

9hr survey. Start time 09:54

Weather conditions: sea state 2-1, visibility >10km, light/medium swell, 0 cloud cover with glare.

At the beginning of the survey there were 2 bottlenose dolphins seen foraging at the cardinal marker. 3 hours and 40 minutes later, 2 harbour porpoises were spotted on left side of the boat 200 meters out, traveling in a North-West direction. 1 hour and 20 minutes after that, the boat passed a beach where 33 Atlantic grey seals were spotted off the boat. 23 were resting on land, and 10 were swimming / bottling just off the shore. 11 Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling throughout the rest of the boat trip. At 16:03 11 bottlenose dolphins were seen from the boat 20 meters out near Cardigan on the right side, including 8 adults, 2 juveniles and 1 calf. They were displaying leaps and lunges before proceeding to travel in a Westerly direction. Traveling back to New Quay we spotted an adult and a calf bottlenose dolphin. About an hour later, 6 more bottlenose dolphins were spotted.

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02/10/2016: 12 bottlenose dolphins, 6 Atlantic grey seals

03 October 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey.  Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW

4 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted swimming around the cardinal buoy at 08:00am.  They were later joined by a third dolphin, and were seen undertaking long dives, thought to be foraging around the bay.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming past the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

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

5 bottlenose dolphins

 

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the bay for around half an hour, before two separated from the group.  The two remaining dolphins began leaping and tail slapping, and were later joined by a third dolphin, who joined in with the leaping.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

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

3 bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

 

3 bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, foraging around the cardinal marker. Half way through the survey an Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted swimming towards the wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

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

3 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted briefly at the beginning of the survey near the cardinal marker.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming past the harbour wall.  Around halfway through the survey a single bottlenose dolphin was seen swimming around the cardinal buoy, before travelling away to the East.

 

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00

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

6 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

 

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted at the cardinal marker foraging, for the first 15 minutes, after that 5 other bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the headland, foraging, leaping and approaching boats. In the first half of the survey there was 2 Atlantic seals, were seen bottling near the headland.

 

2h survey.  Start time 17:00

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

1 bottlenose dolphin, 2 Atlantic grey seals

 

At the beginning of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping as it travelled around past the headland.  One Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming past the harbour wall, and then around an hour later another seal was seen (possibly the same one, but cannot be sure).

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