21/08/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 07:00
Weather conditions: rain/mist, sea state 1, wind direction N/A

A female Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming close to the harbour wall for an hour, until the survey was abandoned due to heavy rain.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE

 A swimming female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the first 30 minutes of this survey. A loose group of bottlenose dolphins were seen in every 15-minute period of this survey and displayed foraging and socialising behaviours. Approximately 30 Canada geese were also spotted flying over the bay.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

The same bottlenose dolphins recorded in the previous survey remained foraging around New Quay headland for the first hour of this survey and a male Atlantic grey seal was briefly seen close to the harbour wall. Seven oystercatchers were spotted flying past.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW

 There were no marine mammal sightings during this survey but around 20 oystercatchers were spotted flying towards New Quay headland.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction WSW

Halfway through this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall, and remained in the area for approximately 45 minutes. Around 30 oystercatchers were also spotted flying westwards.

2hr survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW

This survey was abandoned after 30 minutes due to a large swarm of flies surrounding the harbour wall. No sightings were recorded.