06/10/2012: 54 Bottlenose dolphins and 16 Atlantic grey seals.

8hr survey; start time 09:11
Weather conditions: sea state 1 – 2, visibility >10km, light swell.
54 Bottlenose dolphins and 16 Atlantic grey seals

The first bottlenose dolphin was spotted near Ynys Lochtyn; it was travelling quite fast in the opposite direction of the boat, shortly after a second sighting of a bottlenose dolphin was recorded also near Ynys Lochtyn. Roughly one hour later a group of eight bottlenose dolphins were spotted near Penbryn beach, they were observed swimming fast and also interacting by bow riding and milling in front of the boat. As the boat travelled towards Aberporth dolphins could be seen in the distance leaping. We encountered a pod of 15 bottlenose dolphins including 3 calves with their foetal fold visible. The pod displayed a variety of behaviour including tail slapping and milling in front of and around the boat. Around Aberporth and the headland we encountered seven further groups of bottlenose dolphins coming to a total of 20 which included one calf; the groups were observed foraging. As the boat travelled towards Mwnt a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen, including one calf all foraging. As we headed towards Cardigan Island three further groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted and observed foraging. As we travelled past Cardigan Island and towards Cemaes Head a number of Atlantic grey seals were spotted, eight were observed hauled out on the beach and four were spotted bottling near to the boat. Travelling back towards New Quay the boat took an off shore course. No dolphins or Atlantic grey seals were spotted however a large group of Gannets were observed feeding.