13/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 3-4, wind direction S

This was a quiet survey, with one Atlantic grey seal being spotted with one large fish near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 4, wind direction W/NW/SW

The first bottlenose dolphin of the day was sighted an hour into this survey, foraging between the cardinal marker and the harbour wall. Two female Atlantic grey seals were then spotted bottling and swimming in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/rain, sea state 4, wind direction W/SW

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the entirety of this survey, along with three Atlantic grey seals being spotted during the second half of the survey. For the first hour, one dolphin was seen mingling at the surface near the end of the harbour. In the second hour, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted near the harbour wall and one was spotted nearer to the cardinal marker. Another dolphin was spotted travelling into the bay from around the headland, four dolphins including a calf appeared at the cardinal marker and the dolphin at the end was joined by a mother and calf! The group of four was seen splashing and tail slapping in the last fifteen minutes, two dolphins remained near the cardinal marker and the mother and calf were observed milling around the boat moorings in New Quay harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3 (5 offshore), wind direction W/SW

The same dolphins as the previous survey were sighted during this survey, with dolphins being sighted for the full two hours. Two bottlenose dolphins were seen chasing fish near the harbour wall, with another dolphin foraging nearby. Two bottlenose dolphins were seen chasing fish in the boat moorings also. A mother and calf were also seen near the cardinal marker chasing fish. The two fish chasing groups near the harbour wall joined up then, with the mother and calf near the cardinal marker observed foraging for the remainder of the survey. Six dolphins were seen foraging near the harbour wall before leaving just before the start of the second hour of the survey. In the last fifteen minutes, another bottlenose dolphin joined the mother and calf foraging by the cardinal marker.