07/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW

At the start of this survey a total of 6 bottlenose dolphins were seen including 2 calves. This constituted of a group of 3 including a calf, which were foraging just in front of the harbour wall, and another group of 3, including another calf, were seen foraging around the cardinal marker. The group of three by the harbour wall remained foraging there for over an hour. The other dolphin group was reduced to a mother and calf, and these remained foraging there for half an hour before the juvenile dolphin moved to the harbour wall and foraged in front of that. Meanwhile the adult travelled away from the cardinal marker before then travelling North back to the marker whilst foraging. The juvenile then left the survey area and the adult remained foraging around the cardinal marker till the end of this survey. The group of 3 dolphins meanwhile where seen foraging further from the harbour wall. One adult from the group of three left the survey area whilst the mother and calf pair remained foraging around the harbour wall before then leaving the survey area. In the final 15mins an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W

Bottlenose dolphins were seen for most of this survey. A mother and calf were first seen mingling at the surface in front of the wall, and then foraging near the cardinal buoy. They were joined by one other adult, and then one more dolphin was seen mingling by the harbour wall for half an hour. The three dolphins foraging by the cardinal marker stayed there displaying a mixture of foraging and mingling behaviour until 15 minutes from the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW/W

Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal were seen during this survey. The seal was observed in the first interval swimming west past the harbour wall. One bottlenose dolphin was then seen foraging out past the cardinal buoy, and was then joined by a mother and calf for foraging closer to the buoy. This group then split in to two, still foraging around the buoy. In the second half of the survey, a single dolphin foraged by the cardinal buoy and was briefly joined by a juvenile. During the last half hour, the single adult remained foraging by the buoy whilst a pair of dolphins (possibly mother and calf) travelled east past New Quay head. This pair then split up and one mingled slowly at the surface near the cliffs while the other showed fast circling and leaps halfway between the headland and the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2/3, wind direction W/NW

This survey began with 2 groups of dolphins; one individual foraging immediately in front of the harbour wall, and a mother and calf foraging by the cardinal buoy. After 15 minutes, all dolphins had moved out of the survey except for one adult which continued to forage by the cardinal buoy for another hour before it also moved on.