30/08/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

31 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, Sea state 3, wind W.
One Atlantic Grey Seal

Towards the end of the survey, a single Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water off Dolau Beach.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 4, wind NW.
One Atlantic grey seal and one bottlenose dolphin

A single Atlantic grey seal was seen off Dolau Beach at the beginning of the survey. One adult bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling south near New Quay harbour at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast, Sea state 4, wind SW-W.
Four bottlenose dolphins

A group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen close to New Quay harbour wall. A further dolphin joined them for a short time before travelling out towards the cardinal buoy to forage. The four dolphins were seen foraging and leaping throughout the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast, Sea state 1-3, wind SW-W.
Six bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were sighted mingling and leaping close to New Quay harbour wall. A further three bottlenose dolphins joined the group and were seen foraging and leaping around the survey area for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, Sea state 2, wind S/SW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen mingling in front of the harbour wall. A further three dolphins joined the group by the cardinal buoy and were seen foraging there for most of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1700
Weather conditions: Fair, Sea state 2, wind WSW/SW.
Four bottlenose dolphins

A single bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling west across the survey area. Another dolphin was seen travelling from the west and both dolphins began to swim towards the cardinal buoy. They remained at the cardinal buoy foraging for most of the survey. At the end of the survey, a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was sighted travelling in front of the harbour wall.

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29/08/2014 – 15 bottlenose dolphins

30 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

1 ½ hr survey. Start time 11:40
Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, light/moderate swell.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

The first group of three dolphins including a calf were seen travelling near Birds rock. The second group there were two dolphins including a calf again which were sighted offshore from Birds rock again near New Quay bay.  The last sighting of two dolphins which were seen to be foraging were sighted again near New Quay which was near the end of the survey.

1 ½ hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: Sea state ranging 2-5, visibility >10km, Light to moderate swell.
Eight Bottlenose dolphins.

The first group of three bottlenose dolphins were sighted travelling offshore from New Quay bay and also seen surfing within the waves. The second group of five dolphins were also seen doing the same behaviours near the harbour within New Quay.

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29/08/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

30 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast, Sea state 1-4, wind S.
Three bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic Grey Seal

Dolphins were seen for forty five minutes during this survey. The majority of the survey they were seen near the cardinal buoy and near the harbour wall either foraging or travelling. The Atlantic Grey Seal was seen between the harbour wall and cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, Sea state 3, wind SE/ESE.
Three bottlenose dolphins

Several dolphins were sighted throughout the survey in different locations within the bay. The dolphins were foraging for the majority of the survey and occasionally travelling to different areas for feeding. The areas where the dolphins were sighted were near the harbour wall and near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain/Mist, Sea state 3, wind SE/S/SSE.
Three bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic Grey Seal.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with two foraging near the cardinal buoy for the entirety of the survey, being joined by another individual half way through the survey, and the Atlantic grey seal being seen near Dolau Beach.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, Sea state 3-4, wind W.
Five Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the entire survey showing a range of behaviours from milling at the surface, foraging and travelling within the bay around the harbour wall and cardinal buoy. Many dolphins joined the first two which were seen at the beginning of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: overcast, Sea state 3-4, Wind W.
Four bottlenose dolphin

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen within the first fifteen minutes of the survey foraging near the fish factory, but then weren’t seen for the rest of the survey duration.

2hr survey. Start time 1700
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, Sea state 3-4, Wind SE/E/SSW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Dolphins were spotted during the survey showing a range of different behaviours from leaping, foraging and travelling. The locations were these dolphins were sighted was within the harbour and near the wall then near the fish factory and cardinal buoy. The two individual Atlantic grey seals were sighted near Dolau beach.

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28/08/2014 – 14 bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals.

29 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1010
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Two bottlenose dolphins.

A single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging in New Quay bay at the beginning of the trip, and once again at the end of the survey in the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 1200
Weather conditions: Sea state ranging 2-4, visibility >10km, Light to moderate swell.
Four Atlantic grey seals and six Bottlenose dolphins.

A single adult Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water just down the coast from Cwmtydu, with two more adults seen in the water a little further south. At Ynys Lochtyn a group of six bottlenose dolphins including two calves were seen displaying behaviours ranging from milling and foraging, to travelling south. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the Ynys Lochtyn bay.

2hr survey. Start time 1210
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 2-4, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals.

An Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water off the coast between New Quay headland and Cwmtydu. Half way through the trip two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging off Ynys Lochtyn headland. Two further animals were seen shortly afterwards slightly further north up the coast, and a fifth individual just after in the same area. Two more Atlantic grey seals were also then seen in the water around the coast from New Quay bay.

2hr survey. start time 1410
Weather conditions: sea state ranging 0-4, visibility >10km, Moderate swell.
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and tail slapping in New Quay bay near the cardinal buoy.

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28/08/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins

29 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast, Sea state 1-2, wind SE.
11 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey four bottlenose dolphins including two calves were seen travelling determinedly across the bay away from the fish factory. As this travelling group neared the cardinal buoy two further individuals were spotted foraging enthusiastically in the area. Five of these animals remained in the area foraging near the cardinal buoy for some time, with a sixth individual foraging in the bay off Traeth Gwyn, off the end of the little pier. This individual moved back across the bay and foraged amongst the bay moored boats for some time while the five individuals travelled back across the bay towards the fish factory. There was then a quiet period half way through the survey, but half an hour before the end of the survey five individuals were once again seen travelling away from the fish factory with a calf in the group. The group then split with two individuals milling at the surface just off the harbour wall, and three individuals (including the calf) foraging with leaps and jumps slightly further out.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Changeable/sun and showers, Sea state 1, wind S.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey with five seen immediately foraging near the cardinal buoy, two of the group were a mother and calf who were foraging enthusiastically. Half an hour into the survey the group had split, with the mother and calf remaining near the cardinal buoy, foraging with jumps and leaps, and one further individual foraging near them. One of the group was now foraging just off the harbour wall, with another individual travelling across the bay off Traeth Dolau. Half way through the survey the individuals had moved around further, with one remaining foraging near the cardinal buoy, and three individuals all foraging normally around the harbour wall in various areas. The animals gradually left the bay one by one, until at the end of the survey only the individual foraging near the cardinal buoy remained.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: fair, Sea state 1, wind SW.
Three bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey, with a single individual foraging near the cardinal buoy for the entirety of the survey, being joined by another individual half way through the survey, and a third three quarters of the way through the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, Sea state 2-1, wind SSW.

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: ranging overcast-sunny-fair, Sea state 3-2, Wind SW.
One bottlenose dolphin

Three quarters of an hour before the end of the survey a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging in the bay, just to the west of the fish factory. This individual remained in this position for the rest of the survey, though was seen travelling dedicatedly east shortly before the end of the survey.

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27/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

28 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

27/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 2. Wind E-SE.
Nine bottlenose dolphins including two calves

Nine individuals including two calves were seen around the harbour towards the end of the survey. They travelled from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy and spent some time foraging in the bay. They then traveled back towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny. Sea state 3. Wind ESE.
Nine bottlenose dolphins including two calves

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the whole of the survey. One group were mingling and tail slapping near the fish factory before moving towards the harbour wall and foraging there. The other group included a calf and foraged around the cardinal buoy for the whole of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 3. Wind ESE.
One bottlenose dolphin

No dolphins were seen until the end of the survey when one was sighted near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1400
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast. Sea state 3. Wind SSE.
One bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic one grey seal

One bottlenose dolphin was seen at the beginning of the survey foraging on the bay. A grey seal was also seen just off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain. Sea state 1. Wind SE.
Five bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling south east. They were then joined by three more, including one calf near the harbour wall. This group then travelled north west together. Dolphins were sighted again later in the survey just north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1700
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 2/3. Wind SE.

One bottlenose dolphin was sighted at the beginning of the survey east of the harbour wall.

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27/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

28 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

27/08/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
15 Bottlenose Dolphins and two Atlantic Grey Seals

Eight bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around Bird’s Rock and another four who joined the foraging. Another individual also joined the group. The group then left traveling NW. Another group of bottlenose dolphins were also seen foraging near Ynys Lochtyn. A seal pup was seen in-between Cwmtydu and Ynys Lochtyn.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins and two Atlantic Grey Seals

Two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf) were seen in between Cwm Tydu and Ynys Lochtyn. The dolphins approached the boat and bow rid. Two Atlantic Grey Seals were seen further along the coast. One was in the water and one was hauled out.

2hr survey. Start time 14:00
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins and two Atlantic Grey Seals

Tow Atlantic Grey Seals were seen in between Cwm Tydu and Ynys Lochtyn. Both were female and in the water. On the return leg 3 bottlenose dolphins, all adults, were seen at Birds rock foraging.

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26/08/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

27 August 2014 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast. Sea state 2. Wind E.
Four bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and milling at the surface in the bay before travelling to the harbour wall where they began foraging. A mother and calf were also seen foraging by the small pier in the harbour.

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind NE.
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at the cardinal buoy. Then nothing was seen until the last half hour of the survey, when a male Atlantic grey seal was seen travelling west by the harbour wall, and two dolphins were seen travelling by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea State 3-4. Wind NE-ENE
Three Bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy, with a mother and calf later seen foraging off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast. Sea state 3. Wind ENE-NE.
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphins was seen by the fish factory travelling east in the last half hour of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: Fair. Sea state 3. Wind E-SE.
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway through the survey one bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging by the cardinal buoy. Two dolphins were then seen travelling east towards the cardinal buoy. Finally, one dolphin was seen foraging by the buoy during the last half hour of the survey.

2hr survey. start time 1700
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny. Sea state 2-3. Wind E-NE.

No Sightings

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26/08/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

27 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather Conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell.
Two bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic Grey Seals

At the start of the survey two female Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water by birds rock. Later in the survey a female Atlantic grey seal and a new born pup were seen hauled out just past Cwmtydu. Finally two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf pair) were seen travelling by target rock, with a gannet flying overhead.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather Conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, moderate swell.
Four bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey two bottlenose dolphins (a mother and calf pair) were seen foraging and feeding by target rock, with herring gulls and gannets flying overhead. Shortly after one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging by birds rock. Another bottlenose dolphin was briefly seen by the bird colonies. Later in the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen past Cwmtydu. Shortly after another female Atlantic grey seal was seen with a pup. Finally an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water at Cwmtydu.

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25/08/2014: Ten bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

26 August 2014 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: Sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell.
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay bay, one on either side of the boat. Half way through the trip three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near Ynys Lochtyn. In the last half hour of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near Cwmtydu. At the end of the survey another bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near New Quay head.

2hr survey. Start time 14:20
Weather Conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell.
One Atlantic grey seal and four bottlenose dolphins

Within the first half hour of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water near Target Rock, and within five minutes four bottlenose dolphins were seen traveling in the same area. At the same time a Gannet was seen flying overhead.

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