23/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

1.5hr survey, start time 10.49
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10, light swell
9 Bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

Within the first two minutes of this survey 5 adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the bay at New Quay. Then from 11:15 till 11:45 a total of 5 Atlantic grey seals were seen including 2 adult seals in the water and 3 pups hauled up on the beach at Cwmtydu. More bottlenose dolphins were seen with a mother and calf pair seen 40m from the boat at 11:45. The last sighting of this survey then came at 12:00 when 2 adult bottlenose dolphins were seen 80m from the boat foraging.

2hr survey, start time 12.18
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10, light swell
6 Bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

15 mins into this survey a mother and calf pair were seen 100m from the boat foraging. Then two minutes later another mother and calf pair were seen 50m from the boat leaping. 15 minutes later an adult dolphin was then seen foraging followed by another sighting of an individual travelling east. The next sighting came an hour later when a male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 30m from the boat. The last sighting of this survey came 5 mins later when an adult male was seen in the water and a seal pup on the beach 50m from the boat.

2hr survey, start time 14.17
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10, light swell
11 Bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

15 mins into this survey a group of two adults and one calf was seen foraging 150m from the boat. Then 10mins later a group of 4 adult dolphins were seen swimming SW 100m from the boat. The next sighting came 45 mins later when 4 adult grey seals and one pup were seen 50m from the boat. Then 15mins later a further 3 adult seals and pup was seen at Cwmtydu before another grey seal was seen 5 mins later 50m from the boat. In the last 5 mins of the survey a group of 4 bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen in the bay at New Quay leaping and travelling east.