30/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

30/06/2016: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, six bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling into the survey area from the west, with two of them then seen foraging near the cardinal marker and the other four seen foraging near the headland. A seventh individual soon joined the group of four, which were then observed leaping and splashing around at the water surface, followed shortly by an eighth individual which was seen travelling past the end of New Quay harbour wall. In the second half of the survey period, six of the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared; with the remaining two spotted travelling north-east past the cardinal marker before quickly disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the end of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphins was briefly observed foraging north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

During the first half of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling east, north of the harbour wall. In the second half of the survey period, the two dolphins were observed milling about and foraging near the harbour wall, with a compass jellyfish seen on the harbour side. Two more bottlenose dolphins joined them near the harbour wall, observed milling about and foraging, before all the dolphins disappeared from the bay by the end of the survey. A moon jellyfish was also seen on the harbour side of the harbour wall at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

During the first half of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging near the end of the harbour wall, and an Atlantic grey seal seen close by in the water. The dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal marker by the middle of the survey, Towards the end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling past the harbour wall and foraging.