10/06/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins

11 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: low visibility (fog), sea state 1, wind direction N/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling along the harbour wall in a westerly direction. It was briefly spotted midway between the harbour wall and the headland taking long dives, before disappearing. A short time later, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was seen leaping high out of the water and milling about at the surface near the cardinal marker. Near the end of the survey period, only one bottlenose dolphin was still seen in the bay, foraging off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 0, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The bottlenose dolphin seen at the end of the last survey period was still observed foraging off the headland throughout the first half of the survey. Another individual was also seen foraging further offshore for the first half an hour.

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

Half way through the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging north of the harbour wall for roughly half an hour, before disappearing.

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

No sightings.

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

At the end of the survey period, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west towards the headland.

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10/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

11 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

A few minutes into the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen just passed New Quay headland. They were observed leaping, milling about at the water surface, foraging and socialising. Half an hour later, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. An hour into the survey, a further three bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and leaping near Ynys Lochtyn, before travelling towards a boat and riding the bow waves and wake for a brief period. Near the end of the survey, a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted and observed tail-slapping, foraging and travelling east passed Birds Rock. Several birds were also seen throughout the survey, including several guillemot nesting sites, razorbills, kittiwakes, gannets gliding alongside the boat, and a red kite above the cliffs.

2hr survey. Start time 12:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, three Manx shearwaters were sighted travelling north-east close to the boat. Shortly after, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling south-east, followed by a sighting of two female Atlantic grey seals in the water. Nearing the end of the survey, a fulmar was spotted flying north.

2hr survey. Start time 14:47
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

Roughly half an hour into the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks. Half an hour later, a further two female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water.

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09/06/2016: 12 bottlenose dolphins and 9 Atlantic grey seals

09 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 0-1/1-10km/>10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Ten minutes into the survey, a group of three bottlenose dolphins was spotted travelling west with guillemots seen resting in close proximity. About forty minutes later, another group of three bottlenose dolphins was spotted foraging and travelling with guillemots and razorbills resting in close proximity. Over the next hour, two Atlantic grey seals were individually sighted in the water with herring gulls and kittiwakes resting nearby. Towards the end of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging close to the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:52
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals

Twenty minutes into the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in a north-westerly direction close to the boat. Roughly fifteen minutes later, a group of four bottlenose dolphins was seen travelling in a westerly direction. Over the next hour, six Atlantic grey seals were seen along the coastline, swimming, bottling and with one hauled out on the rocks. At the end of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted and observed foraging with short dives.

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09/06/2016: 12 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

09 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: low visibility (fog), sea state 1, wind direction N/NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: low visibility (fog) at first and then sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Heavy fog inhibited visibility of the bay for the first half an hour of the survey, before clearing quickly. As soon as the fog cleared, a group of four bottlenose dolphins was spotted travelling past the headland in an easterly direction. As they travelled, a further two shortly joined them and a few of the dolphins were seen to leap and tail slap as they moved along. The group was seen to travel with slow but steady progress towards the cardinal marker for the majority of the survey, before being observed foraging with long dives in the last half an hour. A lone bottlenose dolphin was also sighted travelling in a westerly direction towards the headland. In the last fifteen minutes of the survey period, five bottlenose dolphins were seen to still be around the cardinal marker, leaping, breaching and tail-slapping. The lone dolphin was observed changing direction and heading back across the bay in an easterly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 0, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

The six bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey were still seen in the survey area at the beginning of the survey period. Four dolphins were seen behind the cardinal marker, foraging with long dives. A lone dolphin was seen to be foraging further in and to the left of the cardinal marker and another travelling east across the bay with irregular surfacing. The six dolphins were seen to surround the cardinal marker, all foraging with long dives, throughout the majority of the survey, with some displaying splashy behaviour at the surface. In the last half an hour of the survey period, three dolphins were still seen to be foraging near the cardinal marker and another lone dolphin seen travelling east across the bay near the headland. At the end of the survey period, two dolphins were seen to still be foraging near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 0, wind direction NE
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen at the beginning of the survey period, far out and travelling in a westerly direction. The group remained in the area, displaying behaviours such as splashy surface activity and foraging, for the first half of the survey. During the second half of the survey period, the group had been joined by other individuals, forming a group of five and a lone individual that were seen to travel across the bay in a easterly direction. Throughout the second half of the survey period, the group of five were seen to move across the bay, with the lone individual observed travelling past the cardinal marker with another lone bottlenose dolphin. In the last half an hour of the survey, eight bottlenose dolphins were observed in the survey area around the cardinal marker, foraging and displaying splashy surface activity.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area from the previous survey period, with a pair displaying splashy surface behaviours near the west side of the cardinal marker, a lone individual travelling across the bay in an easterly direction with irregular surfacing, and a lone individual foraging with long dives on the other side of the cardinal marker. Throughout the rest of the survey period, a total of six bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging with long dives and displaying splashy surface behaviour around the cardinal marker. At the end of the survey, fog was seen to be rolling back in over the bay.

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08/06/2016: 8 Bottlenose Dolphins and 10 Atlantic Grey Seals

09 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:40
Weather conditions: sea state 1/0, visibility 1-10km, light swell
8 Bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

Eight bottlenose dolphins were spotted at 10:44. The eight dolphins spotted included seven adults and one calf. They were spotted around 400 metres from the boat displaying behaviour such as foraging, travelling North West and tail slapping. There was no further sighting of bottlenose dolphins however there was sightings of two female Atlantic grey seals at around 10:57. They were spotted in the water around 40 metres away from the boat.

2hr survey. Start time 12:53
Weather conditions: sea state 1/ 2, visibility, >10/ 0-1, light swell

The first Atlantic grey seal was spotted around 58 metres away from the boat. It was spotted at around 13:01. The adult seal was spotted in the water. There was another sightings of an Atlantic grey seal spotted around 150 metres away from the boat. The female seal was spotted at around 14:06 hauled out and appeared to be pregnant.

2hr survey, Start time 14:52
Weather conditions: sea state 2/3, visibility, 0-1, light swell

The first sighting of an Atlantic grey seal was at 15:55 and spotted around 20 metres from the boat. The female seal was spotted in the water. The next sighting of the Atlantic grey seal was at around 15:59. The seal was close to the boat as it was spotted only 20 metres away from the boat in the water. Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted at 16:08 around 40 metres away from the boat. The seal was a female and appeared to be pregnant and was spotted hauled out. Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted at 16:36 around 25 metres from the boat. The seal was spotted in the water

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08/06/2016: 14 Bottlenose dolphins

09 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/ dull/ fair, sea state: 1, wind direction: N/NE
14 bottlenose dolphins

Seven groups of bottlenose dolphins with fourteen individual bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the survey. They remained in the area for the full two hours of the survey. They were spotted in various areas between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory. The dolphins displayed various behaviours such as travelling with long dives and taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction: N
9 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were remained in the area continuing from the last survey. There were 4 groups of 9 individual bottlenose dolphins spotted. The dolphins remained in the area throughout the two hour survey. They were spotted in front of the harbour wall. They were also spotted between the fish factory and cardinal buoy. The dolphins displayed various behaviours such as travelling, taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction: NW
7 Bottlenose dolphins

Seven bottlenose dolphins remained in the area until 12:15. The dolphins were all spotted near the cardinal buoy. They displayed various behaviours including travelling, taking long dives thought to be foraging at a depth, tail slapping and leaping.

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

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

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07/06/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

08 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
4 Bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen from the start of the survey whilst the boat was on its way out from New Quay harbour. These animals were travelling north and seen around 50m from the boat. The second sighting was about one hour into the trip. It was two bottlenose dolphins. Six Atlantic grey seals were also seen during the trip. Five were seen bottling in the water and the other was hauled out on a rock.

2hr survey. Start time 12:57
Weather conditions: sea state 0, visibility 1-10km, light swell
2 Bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting was about 30 minutes into the survey around Birds Rock. Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted at about 800 metres from the boat. No more dolphins were sighted for the rest of the survey. In total, during the survey, ten Atlantic grey seals were spotted. Six of these seals were identified as female. Seven of the seals were seen swimming and three of them were hauled out. Further, about 20 guillemots were seen nesting on the cliffs.

2hr survey. Start time 14:55
Weather conditions: sea state 0, visibility 1-10km, light swell
2 Bottlenose dolphins and 7 Atlantic grey seal

About 30 minutes into the survey, the first two sightings occurred. One Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water and one bottlenose dolphin was seen 150 metres from the boat travelling west. During the rest of the survey, six Atlantic grey seals were also seen in the water. Right at the end of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted 750 metres from the boat and was exhibiting a foraging behaviour. Further, during the survey, many interesting birds were spotted, such as a fulmar, a kestrel and two red kites.

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07/06/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

08 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: mist, sea state: 1, wind direction: SW to NW
7 bottlenose dolphins & 1 Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted near the headland. In total seven bottlenose dolphins were observed during the survey. One bottlenose dolphin came very close to the harbour wall and was thought to be travelling in the bay. The other five dolphins were seen at various times and far away in the distance. They exhibited behaviours such as leaping, milling, tail slapping and foraging. Various seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, oystercatchers and cormorants were also seen.

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

At the very beginning of this survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed leaping and tail slapping near the fish factory and one was sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy. In total, 10 bottlenose dolphins were sighted all around the survey area. Many were travelling in the area, while other displayed behaviours such as tail slapping, mingling at the surface, leaping and foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: mist, sea state: 1, wind direction: W
4 Bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins, two of which were seen in the previous survey, were sighted near the headland and one was sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy. These bottlenose dolphins travelled towards the cardinal buoy and were seen foraging close to the buoy for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction: NW/none
6 Bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey, five bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were sighted near the cardinal buoy. They were thought to be foraging at depth. Two of the dolphins quickly disappeared out of sight. Halfway through the survey, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy but two of them also quickly disappeared. During the rest of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were spotted foraging at depth near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction: NW
5 bottlenose dolphins

The four dolphins, including the calf, from the previous survey were sighted at the start of the survey and stayed until just a little over halfway into the survey. One bottlenose dolphin joined this group, near the cardinal buoy, halfway into the survey but quickly disappeared out of sight. The dolphins were taking long dives and were thought to be foraging at depth. For the last 15 minutes of the survey, only 2 bottlenose dolphins out of the five were sighted. One was foraging near the cardinal buoy while the other was foraging more than 1km away from the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction: NW/W
5 bottlenose dolphin

Right at the start of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near the cardinal buoy. Later three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling west towards the headland. After one hour, they disappeared out of sight. Just before the end of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the headland. They were taking long dives and were thought to be foraging at depth.

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06/06/2016: 6 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

07 June 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
6 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen from the start of the survey whilst the boat was on its way out from New Quay harbour. These animals were foraging and seen around 300m from the boat. The second sighting of the trip was some interesting birds including Razorbills and Guillemots that were travelling and resting on the water over by birds rock. The next sighting was of 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, these were foraging on the move near Ynys Lochtyn around 200m from the boat. An Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the water over by birds rock on the return of the survey back towards New Quay. As the boat was returning to New Quay harbour, two Bottlenose Dolphins were seen in New Quay bay foraging near the cardinal maker.

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06/06/2016: 13 Bottlenose Dolphins

07 June 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
10 bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the beginning of the survey. A group of 8 animals including 2 juveniles were seen staying leaping and mingling. The dolphins stayed in the area for around 45 minutes. Another group of two dolphins were spotted staying, long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. The group of two dolphins then headed round the headland, then returned 15 minutes later travelling east across the bay. They were travelling with regular surfacing. The dolphins were in the area until the end of the survey.

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

The dolphins from the previous survey were still in the area at the start of the 9am survey. Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted by the cardinal marker staying long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. One of these was a juvenile. The dolphins stayed in the area for 30 minutes and then split into two groups. At around 10 am, the original two dolphins were still over by the cardinal buoy when two new groups came around from the headland. There was one group of 4 and a group of 5, 2 of which were juveniles. These were all travelling easterly across the bay. The dolphins then split into 4 groups, 3 were seen over by the cardinal buoy, and then a group of 7 and 2 juveniles were seen near the headland. These were staying with long dives thought to be travelling at depth. At 10:30 there were 9 animals and 3 groups, these were all seen by the cardinal marker. Then some of the dolphins returned to make a group of 2 who were staying and taking long dives, a group of 7 including 2 juveniles who were leaping and mingling. Another group of 3 including 1 juvenile were also seen at the same time closer to the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
13 bottlenose dolphins

Of the 12 dolphins seen in the previous survey, 4 dolphins including 2 juveniles were seen over by the cardinal marker leaping and mingling. Another 2 groups were then spotted. One group of 3 including 1 calf who were staying and taking long dives were seen over by the cardinal marker. These were leaping and mingling. Another dolphin joined the group of 4 making a group of 5 and one calf that were leaping and mingling out near the cardinal marker whilst the group of 3 and group of 5 were still in the area foraging. The dolphins then became a group of 6 including one calf, a group of 2 and a group of 5 all seen over by the cardinal marker foraging. The dolphins then became a group of 8 and a group of 2 and were staying and foraging. Some of the dolphins then left the survey area to leave a group of 3 and one calf. Nearing the end of the survey, the dolphins returned to 3 groups all seen over by the cardinal marker. These were staying, taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NW
9 bottlenose dolphins

The same dolphins were still in the survey area from the previous survey. Two groups of 4 were seen, one to the north of the cardinal marker, these were leaping and mingling and the other group was closer to the cardinal marker foraging and taking long dives. The dolphins stayed in the area for 30 minutes. The dolphins then became 3 groups, a group of 2, a group of 4 and a group of 3 all staying and foraging around the cardinal marker. Around 13:45, a group of 3 dolphins began to travel rapidly across the bay towards the headland whilst another group of 3 were travelling with long dives in the opposite direction past the cardinal marker. A group of one was seen south of the cardinal marker staying and diving. As the survey progressed, the dolphins were seen in the survey area as 3 different groups varying in numbers. The group of 2 dolphins foraging south of the cardinal marker became a group of 3 and remained in the area for the rest of the survey.

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

The bottlenose dolphins seen in the survey were the same as the previous survey. There were 3 groups, one of 2 animals which were staying and foraging north of the cardinal marker. A group od 3 including one calf were close to the cardinal marker also staying and foraging. Then a group of 2 were seen nearer to the headland also staying and foraging. The groups stayed in the area for around half an hour. The group of 2 headed off around the headland whilst the groups of 2 and 3 became a group of 4 all now milling around the cardinal marker. The group of 4 then split off to become 3 groups, one of two which were travelling over to the headland and then two groups of one which were staying and taking long dives round by the cardinal marker. The two dolphins travelling towards the headland were then seen over by the headland still travelling slowly in that direction where two dolphins were seen staying and foraging at depth further inshore. One dolphin was still foraging over by the cardinal marker. As the survey progressed, the dolphins began to travel slowly towards the headland and were thought to be foraging on the move. In total there were 3 groups of dolphins seen during the survey and a total of 7 bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the survey.

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