08/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and 11 Atlantic grey seals

Two mother and new born pups were spotted hauled out on the beach near Birds Rock. A little further along the beach a bull grey seal was seen also hauled out. Several seals were spotted in the water between Birds Rock and Castell Bach, these were thought to be mothers watching their pups on the beaches from the water. Bottlenose dolphins were seen towards the end of the survey, a mother and calf were seen near the fish factory, with foetal folds still visible on the calf.

2hr survey. start time 14:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

45minutes into the two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging off Ynys Lochtyn, a Gannet was seen circling above the dolphins. Soon after two female Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled out on the beach, both thought to be mothers looking after pups. Unfortunately the pups were well hidden and could not be spotted from the boat. Towards the end of the survey another female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near Birds Rock close to where a pup was seen earlier in the day.

2hr survey. start time 16:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals and one bottlenose dolphin

All sightings in the survey were at Ynys Lochtyn, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out on the beach, whilst female was seen in the water. Soon after a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging off the headland.