26/10/2015: 22 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

In the first fifteen minutes of the survey period two bottlenose dolphins where sighted beyond the cardinal marker towards the waterfall, the pair were observed travelling south-west into New Quay Bay with regular surfacing. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed leaping and lunging offshore north of the harbour wall before travelling south-east with splashy surfacing. Two more groups entered the bay at this point, one group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf was observed circling quickly at the surface with leaps and lunges north of the harbour wall between New Quay Head and the cardinal marker. The other group, a pair of bottlenose dolphins sighted further offshore north of the harbour wall, were observed undertaking long dives which indicates foraging. Two of the bottlenose dolphins in the bay disappeared and the remaining group of four where observed circling quickly at the surface, leaping and lunging. This group was then joined by another two individuals, including a calf, and this group of six bottlenose dolphins continued to display fast mingling behaviour at the surface including leaping and lunging till the end of the survey. An individual was also sighted off the end of the pier travelling north east towards the cardinal buoy with regular surfacing.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins were sighted offshore north of the harbour wall travelling east with regular surfacing. One of the group was seen leaping. An individual bottlenose dolphin was also observed undertaking long dives near to the cardinal marker, indicating foraging behaviour. All four dolphins then left the survey area. Towards the end of the first hour of the survey period a group of four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were observed between the pier and cardinal marker rapidly circling, leaping and lunging. Two of the bottlenose dolphins then disappeared and the remaining pair were observed foraging by the fish factory before leaving the survey area at the beginning of the second hour of the survey period. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming north-west in front of the harbour wall at 12.15 then there were no sightings for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction E/ESE
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

Towards the end of the survey period two individual Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the area between the harbour wall and New Quay Head. One, a male, was spotted by the cliffs beyond Dolau beach and the other, a female, was sighted north of the pier. The male then left the survey area and the female was sighted off the end of the harbour wall. Halfway through the second hour of the survey period a pair of bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling north past the cardinal marker taking long dives which indicates foraging. There were no sightings for the remainder of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S
One bottlenose dolphin and three Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey period an individual female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of Dolau beach and was observed swimming past the harbour wall. An individual male Atlantic grey seal was then sighted in New Quay Harbour and both seals remained in the survey area for the remainder of the first hour of the survey period. At the beginning of the second hour an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling west north of the harbour wall past New Quay Head undertaking long dives. Towards the end of the survey period an individual Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water north of the harbour wall.