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14/04/2018: Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km , light swell

The Living Seas volunteers undertook an 8 hour boat survey during which all of the Cardigan Bay Big Three were spotted. 23 bottlenose dolphins, part of 5 different groups, were seen throughout the day. They displayed a variety of behaviour: approaching the boat, bow riding and leaping. 5 harbour porpoises were also observed. Over 100 Atlantic grey seals were sighted, 89 hauled out on a beach with a further 20 in the water.

11/04/2018: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: Sea State 2, visibility 1-10 km, light swell, wind force 012 North / North-East

One boat survey was undertaken during the day during which there were three sightings of bottlenose dolphin groups. In total 14 animals were spotted with three juveniles and one calf during the two hour trip. A variety of behaviours was identified including foraging, leaping and milling with some close contact group interaction.

09/04/2018: 20 Bottlenose dolphins, 8 Harbour porpoise, 6 Atlantic grey seals

09/04/2018: 20 Bottlenose dolphins, 8 Harbour porpoise, 6 Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Sea State 1/2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 0-2 North-East

Three, two-hour surveys were conducted on the Anna Lloyd during the day. During the first, a group of 4 seals were seen, with two hauled out on the rocks. These same two seals were spotted regularly throughout the day. Later in the trip, porpoise were also seen foraging around the bay. The second trip saw 13 dolphins, as well as porpoise and seals. The dolphin sightings included a recorded juvenile, seen leaping out of the water alongside two adult individuals. The final trip also saw leaping dolphins, as well as three seals and a single porpoise. Gannets were also seen during the day.

07/04/2018: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

07/04/2018: 10 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

Weather conditions: Sea State 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 0-2 North-East

During the only trip of the day, 10 bottlenose dolphins were seen along with 2 harbour porpoises and a single, female grey seal – totaling 7 separate sightings. The dolphins were seen to be foraging with long dives, while the porpoises were all spotted from about 10m away, travelling in a Westerly direction. The seal was seen ‘bottling’ closely to the survey boat.

05/04/2018: Harbour Porpoise

Weather conditions: Sea State 2, visibility >10km, light swell, wind force 2 South East

One of our volunteers was lucky enough to see two Harbour Porpoises on her first boat trip, a calf with an adult, which came close to the boat while travelling. Whilst volunteers were out on the wall all day, there were no land based sightings.

2/11/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

8hr survey, start time 08:42
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
81 Bottlenose dolphins

Ten minutes into this survey a total of 11 bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and this group included 6 adults, 1 juvenile and 4 calves. Then half an hour later the next sighting came of 6 adult bottlenose dolphins and then soon after this three more adult dolphins were seen. At around half ten 7 more bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging 150m from the boat. In the following hour an extra 9 bottlenose dolphins were seen including 1 calf and 1 juvenile. Then at half past twelve a large group of 25 bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping, vocalising and approaching the boat amongst other behaviours. An hour later the final two sightings came in quick succession and this was made up of a first group of 9, including a juvenile, two calves and a new-born. These were seen foraging, socialising and leaping. This was followed by a group of eleven individuals which included two calves and these were also seen leaping, foraging and bow-riding.

1/11/2017: Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 11:24

Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10 km, light/moderate swell

6 Atlantic grey seals

 

Only seal sightings on this boat survey, six individuals in total including two live juveniles and one dead white coat juvenile spotted near Cymtydu, three of the seals were spotted hauled out near New Quay headland and two of them were identified as females.

31/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

1.5hr survey, start time 11:15
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10 km, light/moderate swell
7 Bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting was two dolphins, a mother and calf, foraging near the cardinal marker. The next sighting was a mother and calf travelling west past the fish factory. Three adults were then seen foraging near Birds Rock, where two Atlantic grey seals were also spotted. A young female was seen bottling in the water, with another seal seen hauled out.

30/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 12:56
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
9 Bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting was a female Atlantic grey seal hauled out on the rocks between the fish factory and Bird’s Rock. A group of 9 bottlenose dolphins (including 1 calf) was then seen half an hour later offshore from Ynys Lochtyn, displaying a range of behaviour including leaping, fast swimming, socialising, physical contact and vocalising under the boat. Just 5 minutes after spotting the dolphins, an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 5 metres in front of the boat.

27/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

8hr survey, start time 08:50
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
78 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 3 Atlantic grey seals

The first two sightings of this survey were Grey Seals spotted within the first half-hour close to the Newquay headland. The first group of bottlenose dolphins were spotted just before Ynys Lochtyn, it included fourteen individuals including one juvenile and one calf, the survey boat stayed with this group for about forty minutes and various behaviours were observed during this time, including vocalizations, foraging and leaping, there was also a gannet observed associating with the group of dolphins. After leaving this group, a second large group of bottlenose dolphins were soon spotted near Llangrannog, this group included nine individuals including one juvenile and one calf, this group interacted more with the boat and numerous individuals were spotted bow-riding and wake-riding close to the boat. This group were soon joined by another large pod of eleven dolphins, including three juveniles and one new born calf, still with visible foetal folds. A little further up the coast two more bottlenose dolphin groups were spotted in quick succession, the first, a group of four were soon joined by sixteen individuals including one calf, this group was very sociable and clear hunting behaviours were observed as well as vocalisation and leaping. After leaving this group, there was a quiet period around midday with no sightings for about an hour until a single harbour porpoise was spotted foraging offshore of the Aberporth headland, on the return journey back toward New Quay, two Grey seals were spotted bottle close to the coast; before another group of dolphins were spotted. This group was a group of six individuals which were observed leaping and foraging offshore of Cymtydu, this group were joined after fifteen minutes by a group of eighteen more dolphins including three juveniles and one calf, these individual also interacted with the boat bow- and wake-riding. Overall, a large amount of dolphins were spotted on what was a very sunny day with ideal conditions for sighting marine mammals.

26/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 11:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10/>10, light swell
29 Bottlenose dolphins & 1 Atlantic grey seal

When embarking from the harbour wall the bay had 15 dolphins observed from the boat including 2 calves. These were in four separate groups, all foraging in different locations of New Quay Bay. The first group of 6 including 2 calves were very active, leaping out of the water and splashing to feed on a ball of fish that was underwater, there were also approximately 20 herring gulls joining in on the feed. When travelling across the bay to Birds Rock, another 9 dolphins were seen in 4 different locations on travels, all foraging and surfacing regularly, thought to be split into smaller groups to herd as one collective group. Offshore at Birds Rock another two groups both containing 6 dolphins were spotted with associating herring gulls and were seen approaching the boat and bow riding the slow waves coming from the boat. Offshore towards Cwmtydu beach a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted swimming and scanning, also on the route back closer inshore near Birds Rock another 2 female seals were seen bottling their heads out of the water in close proximity.

2hr survey, start time 13:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility 1-10/>10, light swell
7 Bottlenose dolphins & 3 Atlantic grey seals

At the start of this survey 3 bottlenose dolphins including one calf were spotted very close to the harbour wall. On route towards Llangranog, by Ynys Lochtyn a female seal was spotted scanning in the water. Inshore by Cwmtydu beach two female Atlantic grey seals were spotted again bottling heads out of the water (thought to be same as previous boat survey). When returning to the bay 4 bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging around the cardinal marker, including two adults and two calves.