10/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:43
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

A few minutes into the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen just passed New Quay headland. They were observed leaping, milling about at the water surface, foraging and socialising. Half an hour later, a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. An hour into the survey, a further three bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and leaping near Ynys Lochtyn, before travelling towards a boat and riding the bow waves and wake for a brief period. Near the end of the survey, a group of six bottlenose dolphins were sighted and observed tail-slapping, foraging and travelling east passed Birds Rock. Several birds were also seen throughout the survey, including several guillemot nesting sites, razorbills, kittiwakes, gannets gliding alongside the boat, and a red kite above the cliffs.

2hr survey. Start time 12:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Shortly into the survey, three Manx shearwaters were sighted travelling north-east close to the boat. Shortly after, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling south-east, followed by a sighting of two female Atlantic grey seals in the water. Nearing the end of the survey, a fulmar was spotted flying north.

2hr survey. Start time 14:47
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

Roughly half an hour into the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out on the rocks. Half an hour later, a further two female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water.