20/10/2012: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and harbour porpoises.

9hr survey; start time 9.15
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light to medium swell
40 Bottlenose dolphins, three harbour porpoises and seven Atlantic grey seals.

Six bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen in New Quay harbour bay and at the fish factory at the beginning of the survey, they were foraging and travelling. Two more were seen at Cwmtydu which were seen to be travelling in an easterly direction. A harbour porpoise was spotted from the boat north east of Aberporth travelling north. At Aberporth, Aberporth head and West of Aberporth seven bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen foraging, bow riding and in close contact of each other. A male Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water in this area swimming. When the survey reached Pen Peles two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping out of the water. Offshore of Pen Peles six bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and socialising with each other as well as bow riding. Two Atlantic grey seals were also seen in this area seen to be swimming. A further six bottlenose dolphins, including two juveniles were seen socialising from the boat also near to Pen Peles. A harbour porpoise was seen foraging at Mwnt. Two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water at Mwnt also. At Cardigan Island a female and a male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Ten Bottlenose dolphins including two juveniles were seen north of Cardigan Island milling at the surface, bow riding, tail slapping and socialising. Another Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water offshore Mwnt. The final sighting of the survey was a porpoise seen travelling east offshore of Aberporth.