26/08/12: bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair - sunny; sea state 2; wind direction N/NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins including two calves.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen close to the cardinal buoy leaping and tail slapping and another individual bottlenose dolphin was spotted near the harbour wall foraging and diving at depth. The mother and calf by the cardinal buoy were joined by three other bottlenose dolphins including a calf and the group continued to leap and tail slap. Two other bottlenose dolphins were seen beyond the cardinal buoy foraging. The group of dolphins firstly seen at the cardinal buoy remained in the study area for most of the survey foraging with three of them eventually moving off towards Aberaeron.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny; sea state 2; wind direction N
Eight bottlenose dolphins.

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging by the cardinal buoy, another was seen foraging near the fish factory. Four bottlenose dolphins were then seen leaping and tail slapping close to the fish factory, these animals dispersed and were foraging between the fish factory and the harbour wall. One bottlenose dolphin was also seen foraging by the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair to sunny; sea state 2; wind direction N
Five bottlenose dolphins, two Atlantic grey seals.

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging by the fish factory and an Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the cardinal buoy. A second Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the fish factory. Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging by the fish factory and another two dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair; sea state 2; wind direction W/NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins including one calf.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen foraging close to the harbour wall, another bottlenose dolphin was seen further out to sea foraging. Two bottlenose dolphins were then seen close to the harbour wall and another two close to the cardinal buoy, both pairs were foraging.