8hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility: >10km, light and medium swell
Twelve bottlenose dolphins, six harbour porpoises and 10 Atlantic grey seals
During this all day boat survey we went straight offshore. Right at the beginning four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling northwards. About a quarter later another dolphin was seen travelling in a south east direction. 20 minutes later two dolphins were seen foraging and leaping, and afterwards travelling south. Approximately a quarter later these two were joined by another individual. At a quarter to one two adult harbour porpoises were seen travelling south west. Then over the next 20 minutes three separate seals were seen bottling in the water, of which one was identified as a male. At 14:20 another adult harbour porpoise was seen travelling south-westerly on its own, and forty minutes later an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming. At half past three another grey seal was seen bottling in the water, and then it was not until approximately 5 o’clock that an porpoise was seen travelling in various directions, and at the same time at the other side of the boat a grey seal was seen bottling in the water. A quarter later two harbour porpoises were seen travelling southerly. Just before 6 o’clock two separate sightings of lone seals were recorded, which were both bottling in the water. A quarter later another two grey seal were seen swimming around, of which at least one was a female. Five minutes later one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging, and another five minutes later another bottlenose dolphin was seen, foraging as well. At last, another five minutes later, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling eastwards, this was close to New Quay. During this survey also puffins were spotted when the boat was far out from the coast, mostly young ones of last year.
2hr survey. Start time 13:45.
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility: >10km, light swell.
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals
The first sighting during this survey was of five bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, which were travelling eastwards, including some leaps. Then a bit later two other bottlenose dolphins showed up, milling around at the surface. Approximately halfway through the survey one female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the water, and ten minutes later another seal was seen hauled out on the rocks.
1.5hr survey. Start time 17:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility: >10km, light swell.
Twelve bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals
At the beginning of this survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen traveling north-easterly and a couple minutes later another adult and juvenile were seen foraging and leaping. Then about a quarter later one female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water. Approximately halfway through the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging quite far out. In the last quarter of the survey first two Atlantic grey seals were seen, of which one was in the water and one was hauled out on the rocks, and a couple minutes later four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping.