Boat-based Sightings

2017 Sightings: Update on our 2017 sightings posts

Sightings for 2017

Our 2017 daily sightings updates can be accessed here.

Throughout 2017 we’ve continued to have plenty of bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal sightings during our dedicated land surveys from New Quay harbour wall and our boat based surveys in conjunction with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips.

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Please note that our website will shortly be moving (some of it already has, hence the lack of sightings reports on our website this year) to become part of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) website.

The www.cbmwc.org url will still exist but you will be directed to our new CBMWC pages which will be hosted under the main WTSWW website.

Thank you for your patience 🙂

27/10/2016 19 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 10:46

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low – moderate swell, cloud cover 7-8 with glare

8 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

8 bottlenose dolphins were seen during our morning survey, in two groups.  The first sighting consisted of five adult dolphins that were seen at 11:15, travelling east.  The second sighting occurred at 11:41, of 3 dolphins including one calf, also travelling east, although this group were seen much closer to the boat, around 80 metres away.  At 11:30 an Atlantic grey seal was seen approximately 50 metres from the boat, in the water on the port side.

 

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 12:18

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 4-7 with glare

7 bottlenose dolphins

 

During our second survey of the day seven bottlenose dolphins were seen across three groups.  At 12:50 approximately three adults were seen leaping about 150 metres away from the boat, though it was thought that there could be more in the group.  At 13:03 two more adults were seen leaping, this time 200 metres from the boat.  At 13:05 and adult and juvenile approached the boat, leaping and then bow-riding.

 

1.5 hour survey.  Start time 13:50

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 3-8 with glare

4 bottlenose dolphins

 

Our final survey of the day saw a group of three dolphins at 14:06, consisting of two adults and one calf, foraging as they travelled west, about 100 metres away from the boat.  At 14:34 another adult dolphin was seen, again 100 metres from the boat, this time travelling on its own to the east.

26/10/2016: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

1.5 hour survey. Start time 10:49

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 4-6 with and without glare 

1 Atlantic grey seal

1 adult grey seal was seen in the water at 11:31, around 20 metres from the boat, on the port side.

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 12:23

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 2-3 with glare

2 bottlenose dolphins

2 adult bottlenose dolphins were spotted once at 12:42, around 5 metres from the boat, on the starboard side.

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 13:55

Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility >10km, low-moderate swell, cloud cover 2-5 with glare

No marine mammal sightings

1 barrel jellyfish

 

1.5 hour survey. Start time 15:21

Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, low swell, cloud cover 1-5 with glare

7 bottlenose dolphins

A total of 7 dolphins were seen in 4 separate sightings. The first sighting was at 15:32, when 2 adult dolphins were seen around 90 metres from the boat on the port side, travelling west. At 15:43 another adult dolphin was spotted from the port side around 200 metres from the boat, thought to be foraging. At the same time, another 2 dolphins were sighted, one of which was a calf, also foraging. The dolphins were joined at 16:07 by another two adults around 50 metres from the boat on the starboard side, which displayed leaps and tail slapping behaviour, to form a group of 7 which stayed around the boat until the end of the survey.

25/10/2016: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

1.5 hour survey. Start time 10:42
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 4-7 with and without glare
1 Atlantic grey seal

Despite calm waters and good visibility throughout the survey, only 1 grey seal was spotted taking long dives near the Cardinal buoy, approximately 20 metres off the starboard side of the boat. 2 gannets were seen out at sea, as well as a razorbill.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 12:19
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 3-8 with and without glare
4 Atlantic grey seals

4 seals were spotted over 3 sightings. One sighting consisted of an adult and a juvenile. All of the seals were within 50 metres of the boat.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 13:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 6-7 with glare
1 Atlantic grey seal and 5 bottlenose dolphins

1 adult grey seal was spotted hauled out, 30 metres off the portside of the boat, within the first 15 minutes of surveying. Then, within the final 15 minutes of the survey, 5 bottlenose dolphins (including 1 juvenile) were seen leaping and tail-slapping at the sea surface. These were spotted 100 metres away from the boat, on the portside.

1.5 hour survey. Start time 15.20
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 6-8 without glare
4 Atlantic grey seals

4 seals were spotted over 2 sightings, consisting of 2 adults in each one. They were all in the water, either actively swimming or bottling.

22/10/2016: 4 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey. Start time 10:50
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
2 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey four female Atlantic grey seals were seen resting on the beach. A little further into the boat trip, one adult grey seal was seen in the water five meters from the boat. Towards the end of the survey another two adult dolphins were seen only 50 meters from the boat. They were seen traveling west and also displayed leaps while traveling.

2 hour survey. Start time 12:56
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 1-2 with glare
2 bottlenose dolphin and 1 Atlantic grey seal

During this two hour boat trip two dolphins were seen foraging. At the end of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.

21/10/2016: 25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

8 hour survey. Start time 09:14

Weather conditions: Sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 4-6, with glare

25 bottlenose dolphins, 41 Atlantic grey seals, 30 harbour porpoises

 

Within the first hour of the survey, 21 bottlenose dolphins were seen in three separate groups and including one juvenile and one calf.  Many came very close to the boat, and were seen bow-riding.  They were seen leaping, foraging, throwing fish around and playing with a large barrel jellyfish.  Four more dolphins were seen at around 1 o’clock, foraging, again very close to the boat.  At 2 o’clock, the boat approached a seal pupping beach on which 17 seals were seen in total, including 3 pups hauled out on the beach.  Throughout the survey, 24 more Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, bottling and swimming.  30 harbour porpoises were seen, generally in small groups or pairs, often only surfacing momentarily, for the duration of the survey.

20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

20/10/2016: 12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

8 hour survey. Start time 09:22
Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 2-7 with and without glare
12 Bottlenose dolphins, 3 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

At the very beginning of our all day survey, an older seal pup was spotted in the water 50 metres from the boat. About 10 minutes later a bottlenose dolphin was seen right up close to the boat – it came within 20 metres. Another 10 minutes later and our third sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal, this time an adult identified as female. After a quiet few hours with only a barrel jellyfish sighting, at 13:09 a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted – including 2 juveniles. They were noted to be travelling east. A few hours’ later two harbour porpoise were seen only 40 metres from the boat, travelling in a westerly direction. Between this time and the conclusion of the survey at 17:16 – a single grey seal was seen in the water, as well as two dolphin sightings of 5 individual adults right at the end of the trip.

09/10/2016: 5 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

2 hour survey. Start time 12:17
Weather conditions: Sea state: 1-2, visibility 1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 7-8 with no glare
5 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

Just over 10 minutes into the survey 3 Atlantic grey seals were spotted, including one pup. The adult pair consisted of one male and one female with both in the water and the pup hauled out. Another small juvenile seal was identified half an hour later further down the coast showing bottling behaviour. Towards the end of the survey 3 harbour porpoises with one being a calf were spotted from the boat travelling in a westerly direction. At the end of the survey, heading back to New Quay harbour a final adult male seal was spotted in the water briefly.

08/10/2016: 20 bottlenose dolphins, 12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

2 hour survey. Start time 12:18

Weather conditions: Sea state: 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 8 with glare

2 bottlenose dolphins, 7 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

 At the beginning of the survey a female grey seal was spotted hauled out. Three grey seals were then spotted about 10 minutes later, two adults (1 male, 1 female) in the water and a pup hauled out. Another two seals, one pup and one male adult were seen at around 12.49, again with the adult in the water and the pup hauled out on the beach. Later on in the survey, A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were spotted travelling South. Two harbour porpoises were also seen travelling West towards the end of the survey.

2 hour survey. Start time 14:34

Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light/medium swell, cloud cover 5-7 without glare

18 bottlenose dolphins, 6 Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the first five minutes of the survey, displaying foraging behaviour. Another group of five bottlenose dolphins was spotted at the same time, with four adults and one juvenile, also displaying foraging behaviour. Three Atlantic grey seals were seen with a pup hauled out on the rocks and two adult seals in the water. Half an hour into the survey, eight bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen travelling west and were thought to be the same eight dolphins as were spotted earlier in the survey. At 15.29, one adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen leaping and foraging. Later on in the survey, two grey seals were spotted in the water and then another single grey seal was spotted hauled out on the beach.

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02/10/2016: 44 Atlantic grey seals, 2 harbour porpoises, 19 bottlenose dolphins

9hr survey. Start time 09:54

Weather conditions: sea state 2-1, visibility >10km, light/medium swell, 0 cloud cover with glare.

At the beginning of the survey there were 2 bottlenose dolphins seen foraging at the cardinal marker. 3 hours and 40 minutes later, 2 harbour porpoises were spotted on left side of the boat 200 meters out, traveling in a North-West direction. 1 hour and 20 minutes after that, the boat passed a beach where 33 Atlantic grey seals were spotted off the boat. 23 were resting on land, and 10 were swimming / bottling just off the shore. 11 Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling throughout the rest of the boat trip. At 16:03 11 bottlenose dolphins were seen from the boat 20 meters out near Cardigan on the right side, including 8 adults, 2 juveniles and 1 calf. They were displaying leaps and lunges before proceeding to travel in a Westerly direction. Traveling back to New Quay we spotted an adult and a calf bottlenose dolphin. About an hour later, 6 more bottlenose dolphins were spotted.

30/09/2016: One Atlantic grey seal and four bottlenose dolphins

1.5 hour survey. Start time 10:51
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, medium swell, cloud cover 4-7 with and without glare

During the trip one bottlenose dolphin was spotted around 10 minutes into the survey near the Cardinal Buoy around 150m from the boat. Seen to be travelling NE. Towards the end of the survey another two dolphins were spotted foraging in a similar place as the first sighting, around 100m from the boat.

 
1.5 hour survey. Start time 12:26
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km/1-10km, light swell, cloud cover 6-7 with and without glare

During this one and a half hour boat trip one dolphin was spotted foraging within the first 10 minutes of the survey. Halfway through the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.