09/07/2013: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoises

2 hour survey. Start time: 10:05
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1-2-3, visibility >10km, Light Swell.
Three Bottlenose Dolphin, One Atlantic Grey Seals and Two Harbour Porpoise

(Anna Lloyd) A Grey seal was spotted in the water during the second hour of the survey, quickly followed by a sighting of a pair of porpoises travelling north. One bottlenose dolphin was later spotted foraging near Ynys Lochtyn. Two more dolphins were seen foraging in New Quay harbour.

1.5 hour survey. Start time: 10:49
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, Light Swell.
Four Bottlenose Dolphin, Four Atlantic Grey Seals and Two Harbour Porpoise

The first sighting was near Bird’s Rock where two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water. Later on a mother and a calf harbour porpoise were seen travelling near Cwm Tydu. A group of four bottlenose dolphins were soon spotted fast travelling and leaping. The survey ended with two more sightings of Atlantic grey seals: a male hauled out on rocks near Cwm Tydu beach and another seal was seen in New Quay harbour.

1.5 hour survey. Start time: 12:28
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, Light Swell.
Twelve Bottlenose Dolphin

The first sighting was a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf, followed by another sighting of one dolphin foraging a few minutes later. Three adults and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were spotted near Cwm Tydu, while travelling east. On the way back to New Quay two more groups of two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping.

2 hour survey. Start time: 14:19
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2-3, visibility >10km, Light Swell.
Eight Bottlenose Dolphin, Six Atlantic Grey Seals.

(Anna Lloyd) At the start of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging near the fish factory. During the survey six Atlantic grey seals were seen (two males and three females) and two more sightings of bottlenose dolphins were recorded: two dolphins travelling north-east and one dolphin foraging near Ynys Lochtyn. The final sighting of the survey was a group of three bottlenose dolphins foraging and leaping in New Quay harbour.