15/08/2016: 14 bottlenose dolphins, four Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

4hr survey. Start time 09:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2/3, visibility >10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seals, one harbour porpoise

The first sighting of the survey occurred right at the beginning where two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the New Quay bay area, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water shortly after. Another two bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen in close contact with each other, milling and foraging. About an hour later, one individual dolphin was seen foraging, and an Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning around the area. Later into the survey, a bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling fast in a north-easterly direction whilst also displaying foraging and lunging behaviour. Another three dolphins were seen foraging from a distance; and then a short while after two more individuals were seen again from a distance but they were too far to observe any specific behaviour. As the survey was coming to an end a harbour porpoise was spotted foraging. During the survey there were also sightings of compass jellyfish, manx shearwaters and gannets.

2hr survey. Start time 14:08
Weather conditions: sea state 0/1/2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

There were a total of three sightings on this survey. A pregnant female seal was seen hauled out onto some rocks about ten minutes into the survey, and then there was another sighting of a female seal in the water. About an hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were observed foraging. Shags, cormorants, and kittiwakes were also seen during the survey.