8hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: Sea state varied from 0-3, visibility 1-10km, moderate swell decreasing to light
Four bottlenose dolphins and seven Atlantic grey seals
As the Anna Lloyd left New Quay Harbour there were three bottlenose dolphin sightings in quick succession. The first was an individual about 900 metres away near the cardinal marker, the second was a mother and calf milling only 150 metres from the boat, and the third sighting was 2 minutes later by the fish factory- another individual milling at the surface.
There was then over an hour before our next mammal sighting, but we did see some interesting bird life including several groups of migrating common scoters and a Mediterranean gull. The survey headed down to Cardigan Island where we saw a total of seven Atlantic grey seals including three bottling in a group. A pair of choughs was also seen on the island. After the final seal sighting at about 12:30 we headed out to sea but had no further sightings as the weather closed in.
2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: Sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, Light to medium swell
10 bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals
15 minutes into the survey the first sighting occurred of six adult bottlenose dolphins foraging in the harbour a few hundred metres from the boat. As the trip continued, there was a second sighting of a mother and calf which were foraging and leaping 250 metres from the Sulaire. There was then about 30 minutes with no sightings before a grey seal was seen in the water, followed immediately by another which was also in the water. As the boat returned to the harbour another group of two dolphins were spotted foraging and heading to west to the fish factory.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2 increasing to 3 then dropping off to 1, visibility >10km, Light to moderate swell
Five Atlantic grey seals
Heading out of the harbour and towards Cwmtydu there were 4 sightings in quick succession of grey seals, one of which was only 20 metres from the boat in the water. All of the animals were in the water resting and looking around at their surroundings. Later as the boat returned to the harbour another seal was seen in the water by Birds Rock, with over 30 assorted gulls around it.