16/06/2015: 8 Atlantic grey seals, 8 bottlenose dolphins

17 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

16/06/2015: 8 Atlantic grey seals, 8 bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 10:46.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Three Atlantic grey seals, two bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey two male Atlantic grey seals were sighted about 50m from the boat. Towards the end of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted hauled out about 50m from the boat, before two adult dolphins were sighted foraging about 700m out.

4hr survey. Start time 12:56.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Five Atlantic grey seals, six bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of the survey two adult bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging about 300m from the boat. Half an hour into the survey two female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water, 100m from the boat. About two hours into the survey two female Atlantic grey seals, hauled out about 150m from the boat, were sighted. Another Atlantic grey seal was soon sighted in the water about 100m from the boat. Towards the end of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging about 200m from the boat.

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16/06/2015: 25 bottlenose dolphins

17 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

16/06/2015: 25 bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 07:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S-SW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

In the first half of the survey period one bottlenose dolphin was sighted off the harbour wall milling around at the surface. Four more were then sighted off the fish factory, displaying behaviours such as fast circling at the surface, leaps, tail slaps and lunges. In the second half of the survey the group of four dolphins travelled over to the cardinal marker, milling around at the surface and taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Two more dolphins also joined the one sighted by the harbour wall, with the group then taking long dives. In the final quarter of the survey the dolphins began to leave the area, continuously milling about the surface and taking long dives, with only four seen towards the end of the survey, before finally disappearing.

2hr survey: Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S-SW.
Four bottlenose dolphins.

In the first half of the survey period what is believed to be two new dolphins entered the survey area, taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. They moved towards the cardinal marker, mingling at the surface for the rest of survey. In the second half of the survey another two dolphins joined the original two near the cardinal marker, with one displaying tail slaps. In the final quarter of the survey, one of the later dolphins joined up with the original two, with the group displaying behaviours such as leaps and lunges, with one animal logging in the middle of the group. There was also some bird association, with gannets circling the dolphins. At the end of the survey three dolphins were seen near the cardinal marker, mingling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W-SW.
Six bottlenose dolphins.

In the first half of the survey period what is believed to be the same four bottlenose dolphins as the previous survey were sighted around the cardinal marker, mingling at the surface and staying around for the first half hour before disappearing. In the second half of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins travelled from the fish factory, taking long dives and surfacing at irregular intervals, thought to be searching for prey whilst on the move. The two dolphins travelled over to the cardinal marker in the last quarter of the survey period, mingling at the surface.

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

In the first half of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins, two thought to be same dolphins from the previous survey, were sighted taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth near the cardinal marker, before being joined by a fourth dolphin. The group then disappeared. In the second half of the survey, what is thought to be three new bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the cardinal marker, taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

In the first half of the survey period the same three bottlenose dolphins as those seen in the previous survey were sighted around the cardinal marker, mingling at the surface, before a fourth joined and the behaviour changing to long dives, with the dolphins thought to be foraging at depth. Three more then joined, creating a group of seven (thought to be the same seven as the previous survey), displaying behaviour such as fast circling at the surface, leaps, tail slaps and lunges. In the second half of the survey period, the dolphins had split up into different groups, with only four sighted in two different groups mingling at the surface. The dolphins then began to disperse, with two seen travelling west towards the fish factory, before displaying fast circling at the surface, leaps, tail slaps and lunges near the fish factory. At the end of the survey period only one bottlenose dolphin was sighted off the fish factory milling about at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

In the first quarter of the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins were sighted bow riding a sail boat into the harbour, before moving out past the cardinal buoy and being joined by at least one other, mingling at the surface and finally disappearing for the rest of the survey. Two dolphins, identified as Connie and her juvenile, were sighted at the end of Pen Polion, the small harbour wall, at the very end of the last survey of the day. They were seen mingling at the surface, and still sighted there past the end of the survey period at 19:00.

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15/06/15: 20 bottlenose dolphins, 2 harbour porpoise and 21 Atlantic grey seals

16 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

8hr survey. Start time 10:21
Weather conditions: sea state: 1-2, visibility: 1-10km, light swell
13 bottlenose dolphins, two harbour porpoise and 17 Atlantic grey seals

Our first sighting was two bottlenose dolphins, an adult and a juvenile, travelling west in New Quay harbour. An hour later two more bottlenose dolphins, again an adult and a juvenile, were sighted foraging. In the second quarter of the survey, two different sightings of two adult harbour porpoises were seen, in both cases they were travelling, north and north east respectively. As well as two bottlenose dolphins, over two sightings, who were both seen foraging and six atlantic grey seals over four sightings, all in the water. Within the third quarter a further nine atlantic grey seals were seen, over six sightings either hauled out or in the water, and another two sightings of two individual bottlenose dolphins. During the last quarter, there were only sightings in the last hour. The remaining two atlantic grey seals were seen both in the water, over separate sightings, and five bottlenose dolphins. These were seen over three sightings, with one being seen in the first sighting by its self. It then joined the other three in the second sighting, all leaping, tail slapping and foraging. The third sighting was of the last dolphin foraging in new harbour.
2hr survey. Start time 12:55
Weather conditions: sea state 2-1, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins, and four Atlantic grey seal

In the first hour two sightings of bottlenose dolphins were seen. In the first sighting three adults and a calf were spotted foraging. The second sighting saw three adult bottlenose dolphins leaping and socialising. During the last hour of the survey four adult atlantic grey seal were sighted. A male and a female were hauled out, while the other two were in the water.

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15/06/15: 20 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seals

16 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: rain and overcast, sea state: 1, wind direction SE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state: 2-1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

The first dolphin was seen at 10:15 and it stayed in the area until the end of the survey foraging. Fifteen minutes later two more individuals joined the area also foraging. They all stayed in the area between the fish factory, the cardinal buoy and the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast or fair; sea state: 1, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, except for 15 minutes at 12:30. They were mostly seen foraging around the cardinal buoy. With some fast circling, leaping and tail slaps near the fish factory in the first 15 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state: 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, foraging around the cardinal buoy. One atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state: 1, wind direction NNE to N
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging off the cardinal buoy for the first half an hour of the survey. They then proceeded to travel for 45 minutes west out of the survey area, while searching for prey. There were no sightings for 15 minutes. Then another two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and a calf, travelled east from around the fish factory into the survey area. They continued to head to the cardinal buoy were they began fast circling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state: 1, wind N to NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging around the cardinal buoy for 15 minutes. They then proceed to travel west out of the survey area for the next half hour. They were joined by another individual as they travelled out, who for 15 minutes before had been displaying fast circling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping. Nothing was seen until the start of the second hour. For the last hour, three bottlenose dolphins displayed fast circling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping around the fish factory. While an individual foraged just of the harbour wall.

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14/06/2015: One Bottlenose dolphin and Three Atlantic grey seals

15 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 10:45

Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell

One Bottlenose dolphin and Two Atlantic grey seals

 

During this two hour survey three sightings were made in total. After 45 minutes the first sighting was made and it was a bottlenose dolphin. It was a lone adult displaying foraging behaviours. Twenty minutes, at 11:50, later another sighting was made, this time an Atlantic grey seal. It was displaying a different behaviour to the second seal seen around 16 minutes later, which was hauled out of the water.

 

 

1.5hr survey. start time 15:10

Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell

One Atlantic grey seal

 

During this 1 and a half hour survey there was only one sighting. Near the end of the survey at 16:28, one male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water.

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14/6/15 One Atlantic Grey Seal

15 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
38 Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the whole 2 hour survey, with 4 adults and a juvenile being the first to be seen level with the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. They were displaying behaviours of foraging at depth whilst returning to the surface at a similar position. During the next 15 minutes another adult had joined them, and the juvenile was leaping out of the water. For half an hour the numbers declined to one which was travelling towards the harbour. During the last hour, however, other dolphins returned, with the numbers increasing to a maximum of seven. The behaviours displayed were the same as before.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny/Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N
17 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen for most of the survey, mostly around the cardinal buoy with a few exceptions that made it to the end of the harbour wall. They were displaying behaviours of milling around at the surface, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW-N

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW-NNW

There were no sightings during this survey.

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13/06/15 One Atlantic Grey Seal

14 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction N-NW
One Grey Seal

Half way through the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted just north of the wall bottling in the water before heading off. No other sightings happened during this survey.

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

There were no sightings during this survey.

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

There were no sightings during this survey.

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

There were no sightings during this survey.

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12/06/15: 20 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

13 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

A single dolphin was spotted past the cardinal buoy sighted regularly, as the survey period went on the dolphin came closer. It was joined by another two dolphins, one being a juvenile. There was a lot of milling around indicating that there was some foraging for food. There was also a small display of leaping out of the water from the three dolphins near the cardinal buoy. The dolphins near the cardinal buoy and then just before the end of the survey another three dolphins around the fish factory leaping out of the water for a brief amount of time.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE
Four bottlenose dolphins

During this survey period there was one sighting, of four bottlenose dolphins and one juvenile. They travelled across the survey area and left pas the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE
One Atlantic grey seal and five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted near the harbour wall. Towards the end of the survey period two bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory. Another group of dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy towards the end of the survey period travelling towards the other group of dolphins near the fish factory.

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

The two groups of dolphins from the previous survey were spotted at the beginning of this survey period closer together milling around with their calves. Later on in the survey period another two dolphins were spotted inside the harbour wall, close to the inner pier. There were observed milling around the surface, perhaps foraging for food.

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11/06/2015: Eleven Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

12 June 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 14:54
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

During this two hour survey there was a total of four sightings. The first of these sightings was a group of three bottlenose dolphins consisting of two adults and one juvenile, these individuals were observed to be milling around the surface and engaging in deep dives. Another adult and juvenile were spotted minutes later and were observed to be milling at the surface. These groups then joined to form a pod of three adults, one juvenile and two calves. This group was observed to be engaging in many varying behaviours including tail slapping and leaping. The final sighting was not until near the end of the survey were a lone seal was spotted in the water around birds rock.

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11/06/2015: 12 Bottlenose dolphins

12 June 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 07:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction SE
Four bottlenose dolphins

During our first survey of the day a total of four dolphins were seen throughout the two hours. During the first quarter of an hour of the survey only two dolphins were spotted with one seen to be foraging at depth with the other travelling quickly in a westerly direction just in front of the harbour wall. These individuals then disappeared for fifteen minutes before reappearing along with a juvenile and began foraging at depth. One adult and juvenile then disappeared from the survey area leaving one lone adult foraging at depth. The adult and juvenile then reappeared and remained visible for the remainder of the survey surfacing irregularly and thought to be foraging at depth.
2hr survey. start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/Overcast, sea state 2/3, wind direction ENE
Three bottlenose dolphins

During our second survey of the day the same three individuals, two adults and a juvenile, seen earlier in the day were spotted again and were believed to be foraging at depth until they disappeared from the survey area were not spotted again for the remainder of this survey.

2hr survey. start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE

No sightings to report.

2hr survey. start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

During the first half an hour of this survey three dolphins were spotted with two being spotted near the fish factory with the other travelling slowly away from the fish factory and towards the harbour wall before stopping close to the harbour wall and chasing fish at the surface at the water. The two dolphins at the fish factory then proceeded to travelling slowly towards the cardinal buoy. A second dolphin joined the one at the harbour wall before proceeding to mill around at the surface. The two dolphins at the cardinal buoy then came in closer to the harbour wall before beginning to forage at depth for the remainder of the survey.
2hr survey. start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE-NW

No sightings to report

2hr survey. start time 17:00
Weather Conditions: Fair/Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction N

No sightings to report

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