23/10/2014 –Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. start time 0900
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the majority of the survey. Immediately at the start of the survey three animals were seen jumping and splashing just to the north east of the end of the harbour wall, and a further two milling at the surface at the end of the harbour wall. These animals moved around the bay leaving just one in the bay for a little while, before at a half hour into the survey a mother and calf were seen in the bay, near the fish factory. These animals travelled south and foraged by the harbour wall for some time, while a further three dolphins could be seen milling out in the bay, north of the harbour wall. during the second half of the survey four dolphins could be seen leaping, and travelling north west, gradually leaving the bay. In the last half hour a single Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the bay, just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1100
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Nothing was seen for the first half hour of the survey, before a single Atlantic grey seal was seen just in front of the harbour wall, moving east. In the second half of the survey, two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the bay travelling south west towards the end of the harbour wall. Shortly afterwards two bottlenose dolphins travelled north east away from the harbour wall, and shortly afterwards four more animals were foraging just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. start time 1300
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind S
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout almost the entire survey, with three dolphins initially travelling west towards the fish factory. Shortly afterwards three dolphins were seen travelling south east from the same area, and a single Atlantic grey seal was also seen near the cliffs north of Traeth Dolau. Dolphins continued to move around the bay foraging and leaping and splashing at times, until the final fifteen minutes when nothing was seen.

2hr survey. start time 1500
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind NW
Six bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey bottlenose dolphins were visible from the harbour wall, with four animals including one calf leaping and foraging for almost the entire survey, with two other individuals joining them to forage in the bay at points, though no more than five dolphins were seen at one time. In the final 15 minutes almost all dolphins had left the bay with only two visible from the harbour wall, in the distance beyond the fish factory.