22/08/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 0-1, wind direction E/SE

There were sightings for the duration of this survey of four bottlenose dolphins and one female Atlantic grey seal. Both the Atlantic grey seal and one bottlenose dolphin came close to the harbour wall, with three bottlenose dolphins foraging near the cardinal marker. The dolphin near the wall then joined the dolphins near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE

Two dolphins were seen foraging near the harbour wall, along with one Atlantic grey seal bottling. The two dolphins then split to forage separately, with another dolphin being spotted foraging near the cardinal marker. At 10 o’clock, three dolphins were foraging near the cardinal marker and one was foraging offshore from the harbour wall. Two dolphins and a grey seal were seen near the cardinal marker, which then become three dolphins towards the end of the survey.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE

There were sightings for the first hour and 15 minutes of this survey of bottlenose dolphins mingling at the surface. Two dolphins were sighted first, were then joined by two more dolphins, and then went back to two dolphins.

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

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging offshore near the harbour wall in the first hour, before being seen to travel east.

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

Three dolphins (including a juvenile) were sighted throughout this survey. They were observed foraging and resting on the surface near New Quay headland.

2hr survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SE

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the headland in the first 15 minutes of this survey. An Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling near the harbour wall for an hour from 17:30 to 18:30. A group of three dolphins were seen during the second half of the survey foraging and milling about on the surface near the fish factory, before travelling out towards the cardinal marker to forage.