06/07/2016: Four bottlenose dolphins

07 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE-SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, were seen travelling into the bay in an easterly direction. The group soon split up, with the mother and calf travelling close to the harbour wall, and the other two bottlenose dolphins travelling between headland and cardinal marker. Halfway through the survey period three of the bottlenose dolphins were last seen taking long dives by the headland, before travelling off in a westerly direction. One bottlenose dolphin remained in the vicinity of the headland until the end of the survey period, taking long dives, travelling, and swimming close to the surface.

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05/07/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins

06 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny, sea state 5/4, wind direction NW

No sightings.

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

During the 9am survey, one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling close to the harbour wall. It was only in the area for around 15 minutes. Then a group of 4 dolphins were travelling from the headland across the bay towards the cardinal marker. They then split up and became 2 groups, one group of two were still travelling whilst the other two were foraging around the cardinal marker. They then travelled further offshore and were foraging there until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 4, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted by the cardinal marker foraging near the end of the survey. Then another dolphin joined it to make a group of 2, there were seen foraging over by the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

There were two of the bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey were still observed taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth north of the harbour wall, continuing to do so for the first hour. Half an hour in, another pair of bottlenose dolphins were also briefly observed travelling east with regular surfacing past the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW/N
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic Grey Seal

An Atlantic grey seal and one dolphin were spotted half way through the survey. They were both seen off the harbour wall. The dolphin was foraging and the seal was just in the water. The dolphin was in the area for around an hour.

 

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04/07/2016: 8 bottlenose dolphins

05 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

04/07/2016: 8 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling east with regular surfacing past the harbour wall, before splitting and observed taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth near the end of the harbour wall. By the middle of the survey, both dolphins had disappeared.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/sun & showers, sea state 1-3, wind direction S/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

During the second half of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth near the headland, before travelling east with regular surfacing to continue foraging north of the harbour wall. By the end of the survey, the dolphin was observed travelling north away from the harbour wall.

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

Towards the end of the survey, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed leaping north of the harbour wall.

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

One of the bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey was still observed taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth north of the harbour wall, continuing to do so for the first hour. Half an hour in, another pair of bottlenose dolphins were also briefly observed travelling east with regular surfacing past the harbour wall.

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03/07/2016: Eleven bottlenose dolphins, seven Atlantic grey seals and two ocean sunfish

04 July 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:41
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins, three Atlantic grey seals and one ocean sunfish

A short while into the survey one adult and one juvenile Bottlenose dolphin were seen, passing within 25m of the boat before travelling off in a north-north-easterly direction.
A little later an oceanic sunfish was spotted directly in front of the boat swimming along the surface with its dorsal fin out of the water.
Halfway through the survey a male and female grey seal were seen bottling in the water, and a minute later another popped up a 100m from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, medium swell
Six bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal and one ocean sunfish

Once clear of the bay two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and then seen moving off in a north-easterly direction.
Once again a sunfish was seen on this survey, this time basking at the surface of the water.
An adult and a juvenile dolphin were then seen foraging, and ten minutes later two adults were spotted travelling north-west past the boat.
Finally, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water prior to re-entering the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 15:16
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light-medium swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Over the course of the first 45 minutes of this survey, three individual Atlantic grey seals, two of them bulls, were spotted in the water along the Ceredigion coastline.
On arrival at Ynys-Lochtyn, three adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling in a northerly direction and socialising in close contact.

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03/07/2016: Twelve bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

04 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/rain, sea state 1, wind SW/NW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey period, with six dolphins spread across 3 groups. All groups were seen foraging before travelling out of the bay in a south-easterly direction. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen swimming by the harbour wall at the beginning of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind S/SW/W
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three of the dolphins from the previous survey were seen milling by the cardinal marker. They were seen feeding before travelling out of the bay past the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind SW/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind W/NW

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1/2, wind S/SW/W
Six bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were first spotted by the cardinal marker before making rapid progress across the bay towards the headland. They were seen feeding, leaping and tail-slapping before swimming back towards the harbour wall.

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02/07/2016: 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

03 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen from 7:30am travelling towards the harbour wall. They then joined to become one group and were foraging off the end of the harbour wall for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW
3 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

The two bottlenose dolphins were still around from the previous survey. They were still foraging together at the end of the harbour wall. A seal popped up at the end of the harbour wall near the dolphins at around 10:15. Then during the end of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen further out towards the cardinal marker, whilst one dolphin was still foraging at the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 4, wind direction S/SW
3 bottlenose dolphins

The same bottlenose dolphins were still in the area from the previous two surveys. A group of 3 was seen out by the cardinal marker whilst the other one was still foraging at the end of the harbour wall. Then as the survey went on, all 3 dolphins were foraging near the cardinal marker.

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

The same bottlenose dolphins were seen from the previous survey. These were only in the area for around 15 minutes and were seen foraging by the cardinal marker.

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

Dolphins were seen 15 minutes into the survey, they were seen travelling towards the harbour wall. They then were foraging around the harbour wall for around 15 minutes until they headed over to the headland. They were then seen foraging by the headland before seen the cardinal marker leaping. They then travelled back towards the harbour wall and were foraging again.
2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW
2 bottlenose dolphins

The two bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were identified as an adult and a juvenile. They were seen foraging inside the harbour wall around by the boats and their location didn’t vary much than around the end of the harbour wall. They were seen foraging here all throughout the survey.

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01/07/2016: 29 bottlenose dolphins

02 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

01/07/2016: 29 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Throughout the first half of the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed foraging and travelling east past the harbour wall, and a lone bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging near the cardinal marker. In the second half of the survey period, five more bottlenose dolphins entered the survey area, and were observed leaping, socialising, and foraging north of the harbour wall throughout the rest of the survey period.

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

Five of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey period were still observed foraging near the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. A sixth individual soon joined them, forming a group of six near the cardinal marker. The group was observed leaping and socialising for about half an hour, while another individual entered the survey area and was observed foraging near the headland. A seventh individual was also seen leaping near the headland about half way through the survey period. The seven dolphins were observed travelling around the survey area during the second half of the survey period, but by the end of the survey, only one dolphin was seen leaping offshore.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging off the headland, before quickly moving to forage near the cardinal marker. By the middle of the survey, the dolphins had moved closer to the harbour wall and were observed throwing fish into the air. During the second half of the survey period, eleven bottlenose dolphins were observed leaping, socialising, and foraging off the headland, with some of them moving over to forage near the cardinal marker. By the end of the survey period, all the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared.

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

In the second half of the survey period, five bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and leaping in front the harbour wall, before travelling towards the headland by the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, the five bottlenose dolphins seen during the previous survey period were still observed foraging in the bay, with a sixth dolphin having joined them and foraging nearby. The sixth dolphin moved towards the harbour wall, briefly foraging off it, before disappearing. The group of five were observed milling about, foraging, and socialising near the harbour wall throughout the rest of the survey period. By the end of the survey, three of the dolphins were seen travelling north, with the remaining two left to forage ear the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 3, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Two of the bottlenose dolphins seen during the previous survey period were still observed foraging near the harbour wall throughout the first half of the survey, and joined by another three to continue foraging in the same area throughout the second half. By the end of the survey period, four dolphin were still observed foraging near the cardinal marker, with one having moved to forage near the cardinal marker.

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30/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

01 July 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

30/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, six bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling into the survey area from the west, with two of them then seen foraging near the cardinal marker and the other four seen foraging near the headland. A seventh individual soon joined the group of four, which were then observed leaping and splashing around at the water surface, followed shortly by an eighth individual which was seen travelling past the end of New Quay harbour wall. In the second half of the survey period, six of the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared; with the remaining two spotted travelling north-east past the cardinal marker before quickly disappearing.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the end of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphins was briefly observed foraging north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

No sightings.

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

During the first half of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling east, north of the harbour wall. In the second half of the survey period, the two dolphins were observed milling about and foraging near the harbour wall, with a compass jellyfish seen on the harbour side. Two more bottlenose dolphins joined them near the harbour wall, observed milling about and foraging, before all the dolphins disappeared from the bay by the end of the survey. A moon jellyfish was also seen on the harbour side of the harbour wall at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

During the first half of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging near the end of the harbour wall, and an Atlantic grey seal seen close by in the water. The dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal marker by the middle of the survey, Towards the end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling past the harbour wall and foraging.

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29/06/16: Two Atlantic grey seals and five Bottlenose dolphins

30 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling into the bay immediately upon commencement of the survey, after which it was seen foraging. A second dolphin travelled into the bay and joined the first in foraging. A mother and calf then appeared by the headland and also joined the group. After another dolphin entered the bay the group split in two, both of which were seen foraging until they left the bay.

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

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming right by the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 4, wind direction W/SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sun and showers, sea state 3, wind direction SW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW

A female Atlantic grey seal was first spotted right in front of the harbour wall after which she was seen swimming towards the headland.

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28/06/2016: 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

29 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

28/06/2016: 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Seven bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, seven bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and leaping north of the harbour wall. The dolphins split and joined whilst travelling around the bay throughout the survey period. Sexual activity was observed between bouts of foraging, with gannets and a variety of seagulls seen following and diving in among them.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins

The seven bottlenose dolphins seen in the previous survey were observed leaping, engaging in sexual activity, and foraging between the headland and the cardinal marker throughout the first hour of the survey. Midway through the survey period, five of the bottlenose dolphins joined with a group of six others that had travelled down the coast towards the headland. The large group of eleven were observed engaging in a feeding frenzy, with lots of gannets, a variety of gulls, and a few guillemots seen foraging among them. Two dolphins were also observed travelling west away from the cardinal marker. In the second half of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were still observed in the bay, with the rest disappearing round the headland and out of view. The dolphins were observed throwing fish and foraging in front of the harbour wall and near the cardinal marker, before travelling west past the headland and out of the survey area. At the end of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming west past the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

In the first half an hour of the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed travelling west past the headland and out of the bay.

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

At the beginning of the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was briefly observed foraging north of the harbour wall. At the end of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was briefly observed foraging off the headland.

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

No sightings.

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