20/07/2013 – 51 bottlenose dolphins, 28 Atlantic grey seals

All day survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: visibility >10km, sea state 2-4, light to moderate swell
23 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

Three adult and two juvenile bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping, mingling and foraging with a group of six gannets feeding among them, 1.5 miles off the New Quay along with one male Atlantic grey seal.  Two more adults and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were encountered bow-riding and travelling seven miles North-West of Llangrannog. Near Mwnt, a group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen feeding on fish, leaping and foraging in close contact. One female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near Mwnt. Two adult bottlenose dolphins with a calf were seen feeding on fish, foraging and tail slapping near Aberporth. One mile North-West of Llangrannog, four adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen foraging, tail-slapping and travelling in a South-West direction. A final three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the bird colonies on the return to New Quay harbour.

2hr survey, start time 10:00
Weather conditions: visibility >10km, sea state 1-4, light to moderate swell
1 bottlenose dolphin, 9 Atlantic grey seals

One bottlenose dolphin was seen fast travelling at the start of the survey, just past the fish factory. Two female Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming in the water near the bird colonies.  Between Cwm Tydu and Ynys Lochtyn, a further five Atlantic grey seal females were seen hauled out or swimming.

2hr survey, start time 12:00
Weather conditions: visibility >10km, sea state 2-3, light swell
10 Atlantic grey seals

Three Atlantic grey seals were seen swimming in the water near Cwm Tydu and a large group of five females, one male and one juvenile were seen hauled out near Ynys Lochtyn.

2hr survey, start time 14:00
Weather conditions: visibility >10km, sea state 2-3, light to moderate swell
7 bottlenose dolphins, 5 Atlantic grey seals

One female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the bird colonies along with four adult bottlenose dolphins and one juvenile who were foraging, travelling and leaping. Four female Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water near Cwm Tydu. Two more bottlenose dolphins were seen milling at the surface on the return to the bird colonies.

2hr survey, start time 16:00
Weather conditions: visibility >10km, sea state 1-2, light swell
10 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and milling in a loose group near the bird colonies at the start of the survey. Near Cwm Tydu, two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water. Three adults and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen foraging back at the bird colonies. Between the fish factory and New Quay harbour one juvenile and three adults were also seen travelling in a westerly direction.