27/09/2015: 8 bottlenose dolphins, 77 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

27/09/2015: 8 bottlenose dolphins, 77 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

2hr survey. Start time: 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility >10km, light swell
2 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

30 minutes into the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming east and 3 minutes later, a female seal was seen in the water. 15 minutes after, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling north and bow riding a sailing boat near Ynys Lochtyn. The next sighting was approximately half way through the survey, where four Atlantic grey seals, including two pups were seen. Three of these were hauled out of the water, including a female and the two pups, and one was in the water. Shortly after, one female grey seal was seen swimming south followed about 10 minutes later by another adult in the water near Cwmtydu.

2hr survey. Start time: 13:04
Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10km, light swell
2 bottlenose dolphins and 8 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting was an hour into the survey where one male Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water. Shortly after a group of six Atlantic grey seals, including two new-borns, were seen hauled out of the water. Two of the adults were male and were seen fighting. Approximately 30 minutes before the end of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. 10 minutes before the end of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen milling around and foraging.

8hr survey. Start time: 09:43
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
4 bottlenose dolphins, 61 Atlantic grey seals and 3 harbour porpoises

Early on in the survey, an adult Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Shortly after, two harbour porpoises were seen. The next sighting was an hour and twenty minutes later where one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling. Soon after, another dolphin was spotted travelling fast in an easterly direction. Nearly two hours later, one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water and fifteen minutes later a male was seen in the water. Soon after, a group of one male seal, three females and a pup were seen in the water. Then, in close succession, three groups of lone Atlantic grey seals were seen, first a female followed by a male and then another female. Soon after this, near Cardigan Island, several large groups of seals were seen. Firstly, a group of nine including four hauled out of the water and five in the water. Then a lone seal was seen in the water. Next, a group of twenty-one seals including three pups were seen. Fourteen of these, including the pups, were hauled out of the water. Just a few minutes later, four more seals were seen with three hauled out on the beach and one in the water. Then, seven more were seen hauled out of the water, followed by two in the water and a few minutes later, one more in the water. Soon after, another seal was seen in the water. An hour later, a harbour porpoise was seen travelling east. Just over an hour before the end of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water, followed immediately by two bottlenose dolphin that were leaping and foraging.