28/09/2014: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

9hr survey. Start time 9:05
Weather conditions: sea state 0-2, visibility <10km, light swell
48 bottlenose dolphins, three harbour porpoise and 14 Atlantic grey seals

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging and leaping close to Target rock. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen offshore from Target rock travelling fast in a westerly direction. Close to this, one harbour porpoise was seen foraging, followed by another two harbour porpoises a short distance away also foraging. Near to Aberporth head, four bottlenose dolphins – two mothers with two calves were observed slowly swimming close to the boat and bow riding. Close to this, six bottlenose dolphins – four adults with two juveniles were observed tail slapping. Close to Mwnt, four adult bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and tail slapping; they were also seen feeding on fish. This group was then joined by three adults who were travelling west. Off Aberporth head, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen. These were joined by three adult bottlenose dolphins that were observed to be leaping. Three gannets were also associated with this group. A new group of four adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, leaping and travelling. Around 20 gannets and 30 manx shearwater were also seen nearby feeding and resting. Also near Aberporth head, one Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water. Further out from Aberporth head, a total of 12 bottlenose dolphins were seen – ten adults with two calves displaying  variety of behaviours such as leaping, fast travel, bow riding, tail slapping, socialising and close contact. At Mwnt, a total of 7 bottlenose dolphins were seen comprising of four adults, two juveniles and one calf. This group were observed to be foraging, leaping and socialising whilst in a loose group. Just off Aberporth, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging.
At Aberporth bay, off Penbryn beach, 7 individual bottlenose dolphins were counted – five adults and two juveniles which were feeding, leaping, tail slapping and bow riding.
One male Atlantic grey seal was spotted near Ynys Lochtyn which another spotted a short distance away. Further along from Ynys Lochtyn, six Atlantic grey seals comprising of three adults and three pups, two of the adults – one being male – were seen in the water, the rest were hauled out onto the shore. Another sighting of five Atlantic grey seals of three adults and two pups showing two adults in the water with the remainder hauled out.