25/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Halfway through the first hour of the survey period a group of 6 bottlenose dolphins were sighted nearby New Quay Head travelling rapidly east with splashy surfacing and forward leaps. The group then split in two, three bottlenose dolphins travelled towards the harbour wall where they were observed chasing prey at the surface while the remaining three bottlenose dolphins continued towards the cardinal marker. By the beginning of the second hour of the survey period the group had re-joined, all 6 bottlenose dolphins where observed taking long dives near to the cardinal marker indicating foraging. An individual female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in front of the harbour wall during this interval of the survey. The group of bottlenose dolphins continued to undertake long dives, splitting once again with an individual spotted offshore north-east of the harbour wall the near to the cardinal marker. The other five bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging near the fish factory and two were identified as calves. In the last half hour of the survey period this group was joined by another two individuals, these seven bottlenose dolphins then proceeded eastwards towards the cardinal marker with rapid progress and splash surfacing. By the end of the survey period all eight dolphins had left the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey an individual Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming westwards in front of the harbour wall then past Dolau beach towards New Quay Head. In the second half of the survey period another individual Atlantic grey seal was sighted by in the water by the headland. There were no sightings for the remainder of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sun/Showers, sea state 1, wind direction S
Three Atlantic grey seals

An hour into the survey period an individual female Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming west past the harbour wall. At the end of the two further Atlantic grey seals were sighted, an individual female in front of the harbour wall and another individual swimming south-west past the end of the pier into the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S
Nine bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Half an hour into the last survey of the day an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed taking long dives near to the cardinal marker, which indicates foraging, then travelling west towards New Quay Head surfacing irregularly and continuing to undertake long dives. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey period this individual was joined by another bottlenose dolphin, both were observed taking long dives around New Quay Head before travelling east back towards the cardinal marker taking long dives and surfacing irregularly. In the last half an hour of the survey this pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed travelling eastwards surfacing regularly to meet another pair of bottlenose dolphins foraging off the headland. Additionally two male Atlantic grey seals were sighted off the end of the pier. At the end of the survey period the group of four bottlenose dolphins from before were observed travelling rapidly north-east past the cardinal marker with splashy surfacing. Another group of five bottlenose dolphins was sighted offshore north of the harbour wall milling at the surface. Two calves were identified, one in the group of five and the other in the group of four.