08/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise

Survey Type:
Land Based Sightings
Date:
May 8, 2018
Surveys Conducted:
6

Survey Observations

Weather conditions: Fair/Overcast, Sea state 1 – 2, Wind direction SE – SW

A good start to the day saw a group of bottlenose dolphins arrive in the bay at 7:30am, arriving from around New Quay headland travelling South East. This exciting start to the day continued into the afternoon, with sightings of dolphins being recorded across every survey up until 1:00pm. During the 1:00pm survey dolphins were not seen in the bay, however, in the last minutes of the 1:00pm survey a solitary Harbour Porpoise was spotted surfacing in the middle of the bay travelling westward. Following a quiet couple of hours in the bay, a group of bottlenose dolphins appeared in the bay during the 5:00pm survey period. One of the members of this group of dolphins was identified a Jacky, a regular to New Quay bay across the last few years, she was spotted travelling with her young calf shortly off New Quay head.