05/08/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins

2 hour survey, start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 3-4, wind S

The survey began with odd glimpses of two adult dolphins and one calf near the end of the harbour wall; amongst the moored boats. The choppy sea made sightings difficult until the dolphins made themselves much more visible by leaping out of the water, tail slapping and tossing fish into the air. These three dolphins were then joined by a further two dolphins which continued to remain close to the harbour wall and surrounding area throughout the survey.

2 hour survey, start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull with some rain, sea state 2-3, wind NW

The five bottlenose dolphins from the early morning survey remained within the New Quay harbour location for the second survey. The dolphins appeared to be foraging around the Cardinal Buoy as they were staying in the same area and making long dives. Within the last half hour of the survey, four of the dolphins travelled away from the harbour area; leaving one dolphin which continued to forage close to the Cardinal Buoy.

2 hour survey, start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 3-4, wind NW

During the 1pm survey, a mother and calf dolphin returned to the Cardinal Buoy location which totalled three dolphins in the area. The dolphins were observed making leaps, tail slaps and fast circling at the surface before continuing to forage for the remainder of the survey period.

2 hour survey, start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull with some rain, sea state 4-5, wind NW

No sightings