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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.

25/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

1.5hr survey, start time 10:22
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10, light swell
10 Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were spotted within the first ten minutes of this survey, with seven dolphins including one calf being spotted offshore in New Quay bay. They were observed tail slapping and foraging, with their spotting being assisted by the two associating gannets. The next sighting occurred closer to the headland, with two adults being seen foraging and head slapping. Another adult was then seen foraging just around the headland. Another four dolphins were seen swimming, foraging and tail slapping, with one the dolphins identified as being New Quay regular Snowcap!

2hr survey, start time 11:55
Weather conditions: sea state 2-74, visibility >10, light/moderate swell
4 Bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

The first sighting of this survey was of two bottlenose dolphins foraging within New Quay bay. The next sighting was of an Atlantic grey seal pup hauled out near Bird’s Rock. Two single dolphins were then seen foraging on the way back into New Quay bay.

15/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 11.17
Weather conditions: sea state 1-4, visibility 1-10 clearing to >10, light – moderate swell
8 bottlenose dolphins, one harbour porpoise and five Atlantic grey seals

Early in the trip a group of four dolphins including one juvenile was spotted within New Quay bay. This sighting was shortly followed by a second observation of a group of four but this included a calf and a new born. Along the coast four Atlantic grey seals including a juvenile and a new born were seen. On the return into New Quay a harbour porpoise was seen foraging off the headland.

14/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 13.00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10, light swell
3 Atlantic grey seals

The Anna Lloyd boat took its passengers up to Cymtydu beach yesterday, where two Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming in the water in front of the beach, but no sightings of pups on the beach. On the journey back from Cymtydu another female Atlantic grey seal was seen floating horizontally on the surface of the water, making it able to identify the sex of the individual.

2hr survey, start time 15.00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10, light/medium swell
15 Bottlenose dolphins

The Anna Lloyd started its course to the east of the harbour wall, travelling round the cardinal buoy before heading west towards the boats standard course. A group of six dolphins were seen entering the bay, surrounding the boat from all angles while travelling towards the favourite feeding area by the cardinal buoy, allowing for a pleasurable view of leaping dolphins. The boat then travelled west after watching these animals, towards Cymtydu seal pupping beach, however no seals were spotted on this survey, but viewers were able to see Birds rock, a resting point for many sea birds. As well as the ancient hill fort Castell Bach. When returning to New Quay bay, in the final half an hour of the boat survey another group of nine dolphins were spotted, with a number of associating gannets diving into the waters to forage around the herded fish brought in from the dolphins.

29/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and a Harbour Porpoise

2hr survey, start time 11.30
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10, moderate-high swell
2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal, and 1 harbour porpoise

Ten minutes into this survey a single bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging 50m from the boat at the cardinal marker. 45 mins later a bull Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 20m from the boat. This was followed half an hour later by a sighting of a harbour porpoise which was seen 20m from the boat. This was then followed by the last sighting of the survey which was another bottlenose dolphin seen foraging 20m from the boat.

 

28/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 11.30
Weather conditions: sea state 1/2, visibility >10, light swell
5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals

There were three sightings of marine life during this two hour survey, including one Atlantic grey seal adult swimming in the water along the coastline. On a separate part of shoreline, one juvenile was spotted on land. Five bottlenose dolphins were seen approaching the boat including one new born calf towards the end of the survey.

26/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and Harbour Porpoises

8hr survey, start time 09:40
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10, light swell
40 bottlenose dolphins, 5 harbour porpoises and 4 Atlantic grey seals

Throughout the day there were ten separate groups of Bottlenose Dolphins, two groups of Harbour Porpoise and four individual Atlantic Grey Seals spotted by the crew of the Anna Lloyd or #LivingSeas volunteers throughout the 8-hour boat survey. Between New Quay and Yns Lochtyn five separate groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted, culminating in a group of thirteen individuals which were spotted leaping, foraging, tail-slapping and feeding on fish close to the surface. For the first time this month, groups of harbour porpoise were also spotted off the boat, with one of three adults spotted near to Mwnt. Four separate Atlantic Grey Seals were also spotted off the boat at various locations South of New Quay, swimming and bottling close to the boat, two of these were identified as bull seals and one as a female, the gender of the fourth individual was unidentified. Throughout the day numerous bird species were also sighted including Common Scoter, Dark-bellied Brent Geese and Gannets, also spotted close to the Coast near Cwmtydu were numerous Barrel Jellyfish and one was seen being eaten by a group of dolphins in the area.