19/04/11 – 16 Atlantic grey seals and 16 bottlenose dolphins

2hr: start time 10:08

Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, 1-10km, light swell

The first sighting at 10:53 was five bottlenose dolphins - three adults and two calves which were foraging east of Ynys Lochtyn. The second sighting at 11:16 off the east coast of Ynys Lochtyn was one foraging bottlenose dolphin. The third sighting was at 11:20 west of Trwyn Crou - one female adult Atlantic grey seal swimming. The fourth sighting was three bottlenose dolphins at 11:54 leaping, west of New Quay head. 

2hr: start time 12:11

Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, 1-10km, light swell

The first sighting at 12:16 was three adult bottlenose dolphins NE from New Quay headland, travelling. The second sighting was at 13:13 off the coast of Trwyn Crou, and was one Atlantic grey seal in the water. The third sighting at 13:26 off the coast of Cwmtydu was one adult Atlantic grey seal in the water. Another female Atlantic grey seal was seen hauled out at 13.44 E from New Quay headland. The fifth and final sighting of the day was at 13:45, also offshore from New Quay headland where a young male Atlantic grey seal was sighted.

2hr: start time 14:19

Weather conditions: sea state: 0-3, 1-10km, light swell

The first sighting was at 14:22 just outside of New Quay harbour, near to New Quay headland, where four bottlenose dolphins were sighted. There were two adults and two juveniles and they were seen foraging, leaping and travelling in an E direction. The second sighting was a hauled out female Atlantic grey seal at 14:38 on some rocks just passed New Quay headland. Two female Atlantic grey seals were seen also hauled out on some rocks near Cwmtydu beach at 15:21. The fourth sighting was of another female Atlantic grey seal in the water also near Cwmtydu beach at 15:23.

2hr: start time 16:18

Weather conditions: sea state: 0-2, 1-10km, light swell

 The first sighting at 17:18 was four adult Atlantic grey seals, one male and three females in the water just offshore from Trwyn Crou. A further three adult female Atlantic grey seals were seen at 17:29 hauled out on some rocks SW from Cwmtydu beach. As the boat approached, all three seals entered the water.