03/09/2013 – 12 bottlenose dolphins, 1 harbour porpoise, 8 Atlantic grey seals and one common seal

8 hour survey, start time: 09.00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility >10km, light swell
12 bottlenose dolphins, one harbour porpoise

The eight hour survey began with a sighting half an hour in, with one male and one female Atlantic grey seals in the water, along with one seal pup hauled out. This was followed with two more female Atlantic grey seals being spotted in the water half an hour later just up the coast from Ynys Lochtyn. The survey also caught sight of two bottlenose dolphins at this point, with one adult and one juvenile foraging, displaying close contact and beginning to leap. After moving down the coast to Ynys Lochtyn, two more dolphins were seen just off the headland, foraging and bow riding. The next sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal in the water near Llangrannog. Following this were two more bottlenose dolphin sightings with the first being a dolphin foraging offshore from Penbryn. The next sighting was of two dolphins lunging and foraging further offshore to the north of the previous sighting. Half an hour later another single dolphin was seen leaping offshore from Llangrannog. The next two bottlenose dolphin sightings were about half an hour later with one individual seen travelling about two miles offshore from Llangrannog. The following sighting was of a group of three dolphins seen travelling in various directions about seven miles north of Aberporth headland. The next sighting was almost an hour later into the survey, on approaching the Aberporth super buoy two seals were seen hauled out on the buoy. One of the seals was an Atlantic grey seal and on the other side of the buoy was a common seal. In the last couple of hours of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 16 miles offshore northwest of New Quay. The final sighting of the survey occurred just before 6pm; one harbour porpoise was seen 3 miles north of New Quay headland.