05/09/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

06 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

05/09/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SE
6 bottlenose dolphins and 1 grey seal

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, located near the cardinal marker and also between the marker and the headland. They mainly were seen travelling with regular surfacing around the bay. A male seal was also seen, foraging near Dolau beach.

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

The two dolphins, including a juvenile – were first seen within 100m from the harbour wall. They then moved out to the edge of the reef where they began foraging for food – as well as performing leaps.

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

Dolphins were sighted for almost the entirety of the survey, foraging and chasing food in the bay. The adult and juvenile also stayed in the area, but moved further offshore to about 1km distance from the wall. We also recorded the dolphins to be demonstrating leaping behaviour during the survey.

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

For the final survey of the day, bottlenose dolphins were seen looking for food by the cardinal marker. They would undertake deep, long dives throughout the two hours.

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04/09/2016: 6 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

05 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

04/09/2016: 6 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/dull, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 grey seal

Marine mammals were seen almost for the entirety of the survey, with a seal sighted about 200m off the wall and 3 of the dolphins (including a juvenile) came within 20 metres of the wall, displaying foraging behaviour, as well as some leaps.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW
4 bottlenose dolphins and 1 grey seal

The second survey was also busy, with dolphins seen displaying leaps, tail slaps and social behaviour near the wall and cardinal marker. We also had a grey seal foraging around metres from the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
3 bottlenose dolphins

Right from the start of the survey dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal marker. During the last 45 minutes, two of the dolphins – including a juvenile – began traveling across the bay. They were foraging whilst on the move.

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

This was yet another busy survey; with dolphins seen off the harbour wall for the whole survey. This time the animals stayed around the cardinal marker, looking for food on the reef.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW
1 bottlenose dolphin

A single dolphin was spotted by the cardinal marker during the first 15 minutes of the watch. It was also displaying foraging behaviour.

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03/09/2016: Two Atlantic grey seals

04 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1-3, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
One Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was seen north of the harbour wall. It stayed in the bay for most of the survey was later seen off the headland and between headland and harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S-SW
One Atlantic grey seal

About half an hour into the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water between headland and harbour wall. It stayed in the bay for the rest of the survey period, being seen off the headland and just north of the harbour wall towards the end of the survey.

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02/09/2016: 9 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals

03 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast-fair, sea state 2, wind direction W-NW
Two bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

 

In the first quarter of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was observed scanning the harbour near the sea wall. Then throughout the rest of the survey two dolphins were observed leaping and foraging.

 

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

 

Throughout the survey a group of two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling around the harbour.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast-fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

 

At the beginning of the survey a group of three adult bottlenose dolphins and one calf was observed near the fish factory foraging. Then throughout the rest of the survey individual dolphins were observed foraging and traveling.

 

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

 

Nearer the end of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was observed bottling near the fish factory.

 

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

 

No sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction W
One Atlantic grey seal

 

Nearer the end of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was observed scanning north of the sea wall.

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02/09/2016: 4 Bottlenose dolphins

03 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

1.5 hour survey. Start time 09:51
Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility .10km, light-medium swell
Four bottlenose dolphins
At the beginning and the end of the survey a group of bottlenose dolphins with one calf and two adults were observed foraging. One individual adult dolphin was observed leaping in the middle of the survey and followed the survey boat for a short time.

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01/09/2016: 5 Bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

02 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1.5hr survey. Start time 11:42
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were sighted during the survey, one was sighted near seals bay. It was a male seal and was seen in the water. Then another male was seen bottling in the water near Ynys Lochtyn.

1.5 hr survey. Start time 13:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2/3, visibility >10km, light swell
5 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were sighted at the start of the survey in New Quay bay. There were 3 adults and they were seen travelling south easterly through the bay. One Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling westerly in the water by birds rock. Two bottlenose dolphins were then seen foraging and milling by the fish factory back in New Quay bay nearing the end of the survey.

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01/09/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 4 Atlantic Grey Seals

02 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW/S
2 Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were sighted during the survey, one was sighted off the harbour wall at the beginning of the survey and another was sighted behind the harbour wall mid way through the survey. It was seen bottling in the water.

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

The beginning of the survey was very quiet until around 10:30 when 1 dolphin was spotted travelling westerly through the bay. It was then seen travelling in the same direction at the end of the survey.

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

The dolphin from the previous survey was seen at the beginning of this survey. This time it was sighted near the cardinal marker taking long dives and foraging. The dolphin was in the area around 45 minutes until it was joined by another individual. They were in the area for around 15 minutes foraging together and then split up to leave one dolphin foraging by the cardinal marker and the other travelling westerly.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW
7 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Three bottlenose dolphins were sighted from the harbour wall at around half an hour into the survey. They were then split up to two groups and continued foraging near the cardinal marker. One Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall and at this point the dolphins had left the survey area. Then at around 14:30, a group of three and an individual were sighted in front of the harbour wall, both groups foraging and taking long dives. The dolphins were in the area until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1/2, wind direction SE/S
4 Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins from the previous survey were seen at the start of the survey. They then left the area, and there were no other sightings until another dolphin individual was sighted at the end of the survey foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S
1 Atlantic grey seal and 2 Bottlenose dolphins

A seal and one individual bottlenose dolphin were sighted nearing the end of the survey, both seen off the harbour wall. The seal was sighted in the water at the bottom of the harbour wall, whereas the dolphin was seen foraging nearer the fish factory. Another individual dolphin joined in the last 15 minutes of the survey, and were seen travelling towards the headland.

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31/08/2016: 2 bottlenose dolphins

01 September 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings

1.5 hr survey. Start time 10:52
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell

No sightings

1.5 hr survey. Start time 12.25
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 16:05
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins

50 mins into survey a female dolphin with a juvenile were seen travelling west along the coast towards Ynys Lochtyn

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31/08/2016: One bottlenose dolphin and one atlantic grey seal

01 September 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull at first but quickly turning sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W swinging to SW mid survey
One atlantic grey seal
90 minutes into the survey a single atlantic grey seal was seen swimming east in front of the harbour wall.

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2 settling to sea state 1 mid survey, wind direction SW at start but swinging to NW after 15 minutes.
One bottlenose dolphin briefly observed travelling west off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny but becoming overcast and dull mid survey, sea state 2 becoming sea state 3 mid survey, wind direction W backing SW after one hour

No sightings

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30/08/2016: Twelve bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

31 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

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

Two dolphins including a calf were seen milling close to the harbour wall. Two others were also seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy. Later the two at the wall moved across the bay to the marker. One dolphin was then seen travelling east across the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction S
Five bottlenose dolphins

During the first half one dolphin was seen foraging off the headland. Later three more dolphins were seen at the headland, three foraging and one travelling easterly. Two later moved closer towards the harbour wall to forage.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
Five bottlenose dolphins
Three dolphins previously seen remained in the bay, one close to the harbour wall foraging, one off the headland leaping and one by the cardinal marker foraging. Two dolphins remained in the bay travelling west across the bay. Later in the survey two dolphins were seen foraging at the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SW/NE
Two bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic Grey seal
Two dolphins previously seen remained foraging at the cardinal marker during the first half of the survey. During the second half one Atlantic Grey seal was seen off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast//fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S
One Atlantic Grey seal
At the start of the survey one seal was seen bottling close to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S
One Atlantic Grey seal
At the end of the survey one Atlantic Grey Seal was seen close to the harbour wall.

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