07/08/12: 15 Atlantic grey seals, 15 bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals and six bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen foraging at the start of the trip close to the harbour wall. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east close to New Quay headland. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water west of Cwm Tydu and an individual female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water near caves further up the coastline. One bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging near the fish factory on the return leg of the boat trip.

2hr survey. Start time 14:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Four Atlantic grey seals and seven bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen foraging and travelling east close to target rock. Two bottlenose dolphins were also seen foraging and leaping close to the small bird colony. Two male Atlantic grey seals were then seen in the water by Trwyn Crou and a female Atlantic grey seal was seen slightly further up from them in the water also. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was then seen by Seal Rock hauled out on a rock. Two bottlenose dolphins were then seen by Target Rock foraging, tail slapping and leaping.

2hr survey. Start time 16:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Nine Atlantic grey seals, two bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

One male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water off the first bird colony, three female Atlantic grey seals were then spotted hauled up on the rocks further up the coast line. One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging close to Ynys Lochtyn and an individual harbour porpoise was seen near Trwyn Crou foraging. A female Atlantic  grey seal was then seen in the water close to Cwm Tydu and an individual bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling fast westwards just past Cwm Tydu. Three female Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled up on the rocks close to the bird colonies on the return leg of the trip and an individual Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near New Quay headland.