29/08/2016: 37 bottlenose dolphins, 10 harbour porpoise and 5 Atlantic grey seal

8hr survey. Start time 09:30
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
32 bottlenose dolphins, 8 harbour porpoise and 1 Atlantic grey seal

One hour into the survey, two groups of three bottlenose dolphins were spotted between Ynys Lochtyn and Aberporth. They were seen travelling in an easterly direction and resting. Approximately an hour later, one male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Shortly afterwards, five adult harbour porpoise were seen foraging in a loose group offshore of Aberporth headland. A group of five bottlenose dolphins including a calf were spotted foraging, feeding, bow riding, and travelling rapidly creating splashes. Over the course of the next two hours, two harbour porpoise were spotted travelling in a north-easterly direction. A group of six bottlenose dolphins including three calves were seen travelling, leaping, foraging and bow riding along the coast between Aberporth and Mwnt. Not long after, a group of five bottlenose dolphins were seen spy hoping, leaping, socialising, and travelling off the coast of Mwnt. Not long after this, a group of ten bottlenose dolphins were spotted in a loose group foraging, feeding, bow riding, leaping, and socialising. On the return leg to New Quay, one harbour porpoise was spotted in the water off the coast of Aberporth.

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
Four Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

About halfway into the survey, one harbour porpoise was spotted breaching the surface by Ynys-Lochtyn. On the return leg to New Quay, four Atlantic grey seals were spotted along the coastline.

2hr survey. Start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

During the first hour of the survey, one harbour porpoise was spotted travelling in a southerly direction off the coast of Cwmtydu. Shortly afterwards, three bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were spotted feeding and foraging by Ynys-Lochtyn.

2hr survey. Start time 14:00
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins

About halfway into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging and leaping off the coast of Ynys-Lochtyn.

2hr survey. Start time 16:15
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell

No sightings.