6/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 3, wind direction N

4 bottlenose dolphins were seen in 2 groups throughout the survey. 2 were seen foraging by the cardinal buoy in the first half hour, and one was briefly seen foraging and surfing in front of the harbour wall. 2 were briefly seen foraging and leaping on the east side of the bay, then 4 showed foraging and fast circling/mingling near the cardinal buoy. In the second half of the survey, 3 bottlenose dolphins foraged by the cardinal buoy for an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 3/2, wind direction NW

The survey began with 3 bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, foraging by the cardinal buoy. They then displayed more active behaviour as they moved north a little from the buoy and were replaced by one dolphin foraging by the buoy. In the second half of the survey, 3 adult and a calf were scattered around the cardinal marker foraging and mingling. In the final 15 minutes, one Atlantic grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W/SW

5 bottlenose dolphins were seen split between 2 groups during this survey. A mother and calf were seen foraging in front of the harbour wall for up to 15 minutes, while another mother and calf foraged by the cardinal marker for 45 minutes and were then joined by another adult. This group continued to forage by the cardinal buoy for the whole survey. 1 bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging while traveling west between the cardinal marker and New Quay head for half an hour, then 2 dolphins foraged in the same area for the last half hour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2/1, wind direction SW

Nothing was seen for the first half hour of the survey, then a mother and calf were seen travelling east towards the cardinal buoy, while a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in front of the harbour wall. The 2 dolphins then continued to mingle slowly around the cardinal marker, and were then joined by another juvenile. In the last 45 minutes of the survey, an individual dolphin was seen slowly mingling by the cardinal buoy while a group of 3 dolphins (including 2 calves) mingled some distance in front of the harbour wall. For the last half hour, the single dolphin by the cardinal buoy foraged and then travelled east whilst foraging, while a female seal was seen bottling in front of the harbour wall.