01/09/2011: 28 bottlenose dolphins, four harbour porpoise and 15 Atlantic grey seals

All day survey: start time 08:19
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility 1-10/>10km, light swell
28 bottlenose dolphins, four harbour porpoise and 15 Atlantic grey seals

The first sightings was of three bottlenose dolphin foraging and leaping in the New Quay harbour area right at the start if the survey. Three Atlantic grey seals including a pup on the beach and male and female in water were seen near to Ynys Lochtyn. Another four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf were seen foraging just off of Ynys Lochtyn. A further three bottlenose dolphins were sighted travelling south west from Ynys Lochtyn. South west of Llangrannog four bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile was seen slowly travelling westerly. Near Mwnt three Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water. One Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out in between Cardigan Island and the mainland. Two female and one male Atlantic grey seals was seen separately off the headland near Cippyn. Two Atlantic grey seal including one male were seen in separate sightings off the coast north of Newport. Two harbour porpoise were seen off the headland between Newport and Fishguard travelling north. Two more harbour porpoise were sighted separately in the area west of the headland near Cippyn. One male Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water just off the headland near Cippyn. North of Cardigan Island one male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Offshore of Aberporth headland four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen leaping and travelling fast in a southerly direction, gannets were seen associating with them. Another nine dolphins were also seen in a similar area leaping, bow riding and socialising. Manx shearwaters were associated with this group. Another group of two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were also seen in the same area travelling east as well as a single bottlenose dolphin seen leaping and travelling east. Another single bottlenose dolphin was seen in this area later on also bow riding the boat. One more bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling slowly North West offshore of Aberporth headland. In this same area a female Atlantic grey seal was also seen. One final bottlenose dolphin was seen offshore of Ynys Lochtyn leaping and travelling north.