14/08/2013 – bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

1.5 hour survey, start time: 10:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility 1-10km, light swell
14 bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling SE near the fish factory.  Two bottlenose dolphin was spotted in the same area, foraging.  Five bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging near target rock.  Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging between target rock and the fish factory.  One bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near the harbour wall.

1.5 hour survey, start time: 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
21 bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory.  Seven bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were spotted foraging, north of the fish factory.  Three bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were spotted displaying close contact and catching fish at the surface, east of the fish factory.  Another bottlenose dolphin was spotted leaping in the same area.  Another bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging in the same area.  Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging near the fish factory.  One Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water NE of New Quay.  One bottlenose dolphin was bow riding in the east of the fish factory.  Finally three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging in the same area.

2 hour survey, start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km, light swell
13 bottlenose dolphins

Towards the start of the survey three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the harbour off the end of the wall. Shortly after one individual was seen travelling in a North Easterly direction away from target rock. Later on in the survey two adult dolphins and one calf were seen foraging just beyond the headland by the bird colonies. The last sighting was of a large group composed of four adults one juvenile and one calf, they were seen milling about at the surface, logging, tail slapping and leaping in the bay north of the cardinal buoy.