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22/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/sunny, sea state 4-5, wind direction NW/SW

During the first hour an Atlantic grey seal was seen off the cliffs towards the headland. After 75 mins a mother and calf entered the harbour area and started foraging. At times the calf was seen leaping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 4, wind direction W

The mother and calf continued to forage within the harbour only moving off towards the headland after half an hour. In the final half hour of the survey four bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen off shore near the Cardinal Marker. Early in the survey there was a sighting of an Atlantic grey seal and then a second seal was present throughout the final hour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast, sea state 5/4, wind direction W

One bottlenose dolphin was spotted by the Cardinal Marker in the initial 15 minutes but then there were no further dolphin sightings. A female Atlantic grey seal was north of the harbour wall at the beginning of the watch. Later two female seals were spotted off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 4/3, wind direction NW/W

No sightings

 

20/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4-5, wind direction W

Four bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the first fifteen minutes of this survey, before they disappeared. Two were seen milling about near the harbour wall, with a mother and calf pairing being seen foraging near the cardinal marker. Sightings were quiet then for the next 45 minutes, before two seals were seen bottling near the harbour wall for the entire last hour!

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

Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the last hour and fifteen minutes of this survey. A mother and calf were seen leaping and splashing near the harbour wall, with another individual foraging further behind them. They were then joined by three other dolphins, were the group of six engaged in some leaping and head slapping before splitting off to forage again. A pale bellied brent goose was also spotted, an unusual sight for this area!

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

Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal were seen for nearly the entirety of this survey! The female Atlantic grey remained in front of the harbour wall, going under the water and then popping back up to bottle frequently. One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging offshore from the harbour wall for the first hour, before four more dolphins, including two calves, entered the survey area from around the headland. They travelled across the bay, stopping to forage near the cardinal marker, with the calves leaping out of the water for most of this time.

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

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen, along with one Atlantic grey seal, during the first fifteen minutes of this survey. It was quiet for the next half an hour, where a dolphin was then seen foraging near the cardinal marker. This dolphin was then joined by a mother and calf paring before they moved west at the end of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was seen again during the last fifteen minutes bottling and swimming near the harbour wall.

19/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

Five bottlenose dolphins were present in the bay for the majority of this survey, between 9:30 and 10:15 there was a group of four dolphins including two juveniles foraging and leaping near the cardinal marker and also one lone dolphins foraging very close to the harbour wall. By 10:15 the group and lone dolphin moved away until only one lone dolphin adult dolphin remained foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

For the entirety of this survey there were two-five bottlenose dolphins in the survey area, including two juvenile individuals, the dolphins were observed foraging in areas close to the cardinal marker as well as more offshore areas north of the cardinal marker and closer to the fish factory in the West of the bay. At the end of this survey three dolphins including one juvenile were still foraging close to the cardinal buoy and one dolphin was spotted foraging two hundred metres due north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction E/SE/S

Three dolphins from the previous survey remained in the survey area for the first hour of this two-hour survey foraging close to and east of the cardinal marker. After 14:00 the remaining two bottlenose dolphins travelled west from the cardinal marker toward the fish factory which they remained close to for the rest of the survey, foraging in the area just off the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE

No dolphins were spotted during this survey, however two Atlantic Grey seals were observed from the harbour wall. The first was a female spotted scanning just off the harbour wall for the first half-hour of the survey. The second female grey seal was spotted during the last fifteen minutes of this survey, swimming toward the harbour wall from the fish factory area.

18/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE

A group of between 7-9 bottlenose dolphins was visible for the entirety of the survey yesterday morning, the group, which included at least one juvenile were visible foraging close to the cardinal marker as well as foraging and leaping in areas further offshore North and East of the cardinal marker. The survey ended with two separate group of dolphins present, one including two individuals close foraging at the cardinal marker and a group of five leaping and circling on the surface just North-West of the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE/E/SE

The group spotted in the previous survey were still present in the first half-hour of this survey with three separate groups of bottlenose dolphins foraging near and around the cardinal marker. At 11:30, after a boat encounter, two of the groups merged and a group of six dolphins travelled West across the bay before disappearing around the headland, leaving one dolphin near the cardinal marker, which soon followed the large group from the bay. At 12:15 two bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile reappeared from round the headland, travelling West to East across the bay, they were joined by another dolphin at the cardinal marker where they foraged for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE

Bottlenose dolphins were seen for the first hour of this survey, along with one female Atlantic grey seal. Seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were seen travelling into the bay where they had been foraging near the headland, milling at the surface near the cardinal marker and then travelling back out towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

Two bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling into the bay, where one remained foraging near the cardinal marker for the first hour and fifteen minutes while the other travelled back out. An Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming near the harbour wall in the last fifteen minutes.

 

17/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 4/3, wind direction SW
11 bottlenose dolphins were seen during this survey, split between two groups. Nothing was seen for the first half hour, then 2 dolphins were seen out past the cardinal buoy. Another group was then seen foraging to the left if the cardinal buoy, consisting of 4 adults and a calf. This group was then joined by another mother and calf to make a group of seven, which came in a little closer to the harbour wall to forage, whilst the first pair of dolphins moved closer to the cardinal buoy and displayed active leaping behaviour. For the final 45 minutes of the survey, the dolphins appeared to swap between these groups and constantly move around the bay, ending with five foraging and mingling around the cardinal marker, and a group of two showing fast circling and leaps further out beyond the cardinal marker.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3/2, wind direction SW
A total of 14 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal were seen during this survey. It started with two groups of three foraging and leaping near the cardinal buoy, which then grew to a total of 8 dolphins (including one calf). The dolphins then moved closer to the harbour wall, so nine dolphins (including 3 calves) were spread out between the wall and the marker buoy foraging or leaping. During this time an Atlantic grey seal was also seen halfway between New Quay head and the marker buoy. The seal then moved closer to the harbour wall, while the dolphins moved further out again; one group of 3 foraged halfway between the headland and the buoy, while a total of 8 foraged or showed fast circling around the marker buoy, and a group of 3 foraged and leaped far out beyond the buoy. In the second half of the survey, just 5 dolphins were seen foraging around the marker buoy, and the group of 3 continued to forage halfway between the headland and the buoy. This group was then joined by a calf and one other adult. For the final half hour, the seal was seen close to the wall, and 5 dolphins were seen foraging around the marker buoy, which then dropped down to just 2 which moved out closer to the headland.

 
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Nothing was seen for the first half hour of this survey, then a group of three bottlenose dolphins showed fast circling and leaping behaviour close to the marker buoy, while 2 foraged much further out and to the left. This pair remained there while the group of three moved to forage halfway between the marker buoy and the headland. In the second half of the survey, a group of 5 dolphins travelled west from beyond the marker buoy, and a group of 4 (including one calf) slowly circled at the surface about 400m in front of the harbour wall. These 2 groups then joined up, swam a big loop around the bay, and then continued travelling west. The group of nine then swam past the headland and left the survey area, so nothing was seen in the last 15 minutes.

 
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW/W
No sightings.

16/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

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

At the start of this survey a group of 4 bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, was seen foraging near the fish factory. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in front of the harbour wall before then disappearing. The group of 4 dolphins were seen leaping near the fish factory before they split up, with a group of 3 dolphins and a calf forging near the harbour wall. The other dolphin was joined by another adult and these foraged offshore. The majority of these dolphins then left the survey area with just two left foraging near the fish factory. In this period two Atlantic grey seals were also seen in front of the harbour wall. The group of 4 dolphins then returned to the survey area and were seen foraging near the fish factory. The two seals remained before one left the area leaving just one. Two dolphins then left the survey area leaving two adults foraging near the fish factory before one of these left, leaving a solitary dolphin. This final dolphin then finally left the survey area also.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-4, wind direction SE

At the beginning of this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in front of the harbour wall before then being joined by another seal. These then disappeared from the survey area. In the final 15 minutes of this survey another female seal was seen again in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction S

Half an hour into this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in front of the harbour wall before leaving the survey area. Then in the final 15 minutes of the survey another female seal was seen bottling in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3, wind direction S

At the start of this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming E across the front of the harbour wall before it then started bottling. Another seal then turned up in the survey area where it bottled in front of the harbour wall.

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

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SSW

After 75 minutes with no sightings a single adult dolphin entered the bay around the headland and remained foraging north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Early in the survey three dolphins were seen north of the harbour wall. They remained foraging between the headland and the Cardinal marker for 45 minutes. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted towards the headland.

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

An hour into the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

Within the first half hour a harbour porpoise was spotted off shore travelling west past the headland. Shortly afterwards a group of five dolphins including a calf entered the survey area. This group remained within the bay foraging throughout the area until the end of the watch. At times various animals came close to the wall. In the second half of the survey two Atlantic grey seals were seen north of the wall.

13/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S

After a quiet first hour of the survey two separate female Atlantic Grey seals were spotted bottling close to the harbour wall and after fifteen they were joined by a group of four bottlenose dolphins travelling from the fish factory E toward the cardinal marker. The grey seal and group of four dolphins with one juvenile then stayed around in the bay for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction S/SW

Two dolphins from the group spotted in the previous survey remained in the bay for the first half-hour of this survey, foraging between the fish factory and harbour wall before moving away. There were no further marine mammal sightings during this survey.

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

One single Atlantic Grey seal was spotted on three separate occasions during this survey, it displayed logging and swimming behaviours close to the harbour wall. The seal appeared to be a very young male as its colouring was very white and it was relatively small in size for a male Grey seal. No further marine mammal sightings occurred during this survey.

12/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW

One solitary dolphin was spotted in the first half-hour of the survey travelling toward than foraging near the cardinal marker. It was briefly joined in the bay by a leaping group of three bottlenose dolphins, before all the dolphins disappeared from the bay at around 10:00. In the last hour of the survey one female Atlantic Grey seal was spotted just North of the harbour wall and then in the last fifteen minutes of the survey a group of six dolphins with one juvenile moved in from near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

The group spotted in the last fifteen minutes of the previous survey remained in the bay for the entirety of this survey with the group of six splitting into smaller groups which were spotted foraging near the harbour wall and cardinal marker. Some of the group were able to be identified on the wall, in particular the female Snowcap and her new-born calf as well as the large male dolphin known as Vader.

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

Of the group of six from the previous survey, only four remained in the bay for the start of this one, with two dolphins including a small juvenile foraging close to the harbour wall and two individuals foraging out toward the cardinal marker. These groups merged over the next hour to form an actively hunting group of four dolphins which were observed leaping and hunting close North of the harbour wall. The group of four stayed around this area for the remainder of this survey and were joined in the last fifteen minutes by a female grey seal just off the harbour wall.

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

The four bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were spotted in the first fifteen minutes of this one however they soon moved offshore northwards and subsequently left the bay and the survey sight. No more dolphins were spotted during the survey, however at around 4:15pm a young female Grey seal was spotted bottling near to the fish factory.

11/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW

Twelve bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, for the first hour they were spotted by the fish factory and by the cardinal marker and also close to the harbour wall. They were separated into two groups of three and another group of five swimming close together. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the first fifteen minutes. Another grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall which stayed around for twenty minutes. Ten bottlenose dolphins were seen herding fish into the bay on the east side of the harbour wall, close to the stones. These were then seen to spread out and six including one juvenile travelled out towards the fish factory again. While another group of four including one juvenile stayed on the east side of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/mist<2km/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

Ten bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, one grouping of four including two juveniles (one of which is new born) thought to be the same dolphins as the previous survey still foraging. One separately feeding dolphin close to the cardinal marker joined the grouping of four, close to the harbour wall at the end of the first hour. A male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the last fifteen minutes of the first hour. Another group of four dolphins appeared with one juvenile 200m in front of the other grouping; these were taking long dives and did not appear again until the final fifteen minutes of the survey by the cardinal marker with another individual. The same male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall, 20 minutes into the second half of survey bottling its head out of the water to look at surroundings. The group of four dolphins with two juveniles stayed by the east of the harbour wall for the entire two hour survey.

 

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

Seven bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, split into two groups which were the same individuals as seen in the previous survey. The grouping of five with one new born were foraging to the east of the harbour wall and stayed there until 13.30 before leaving sight. The second group of dolphins consisted of two dolphins foraging by the cardinal marker which stuck around for one hour before travelling further into the bay. There were no sightings in the last half hour.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S

A female and a male Atlantic grey seal were seen in front of the harbour wall bottling heads out of the water, these stayed in the area for half an hour. One mother and calf bottlenose dolphins were seen 300 meters in front of the harbour wall foraging regularly surfacing and then taking longer dives after being in the area for half hour, they were seen on the east of the harbour wall where it is shallower waters, easier for feeding at the end of the survey. Another female and male Atlantic grey seals were spotted at 16.00 which stayed around for half hour, thought to be different seals than previous.

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

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

Seven bottlenose dolphins were seen split into three groups during this survey. The survey began with one foraging by the cardinal marker (which stayed there for the first hour), and a mother and calf foraging off and to the right of New Quay head. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen some distance in front of the harbour wall during the first interval. After half an hour, the mother and calf dolphins were briefly joined by two more juveniles. This group then split up and most dolphins left the survey area, leaving one adult foraging halfway between the headland and the cardinal marker, and another foraging closer to the harbour wall. At the start of the second half of the survey, the individual foraging by the cardinal marker was briefly joined by a calf, which then left the survey area. The three dolphins remaining briefly joined together as a group foraging near the harbour wall, when an Atlantic grey seal was seen again near the wall. One dolphin then left the survey area, leaving one foraging near the cardinal marker and one foraging out beyond the marker, which then came in closer to the wall.

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

This survey began with one bottlenose dolphin mingling at the surface behind the harbour wall for the first interval. A group of three bottlenose dolphins (including one calf) were also foraging by the cardinal marker, and remained there for most of the first hour. 2 dolphins were seen mingling by the harbour wall, and then joined by a third which had been foraging closer to Cei Bach. For the second half of the survey, the dolphins near the cardinal marker had left the survey area, and just one dolphin was left foraging near the wall. A mother and calf were then seen foraging by the cardinal marker for half an hour.

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

A total of seven bottlenose dolphins were seen between two groups. In the first interval, two Atlantic grey seals were seen bottling by the harbour wall, and then one female was seen by New Quay head. During the second interval, a group of three dolphins (including one calf) were seen travelling from the cardinal marker to the harbour wall. This group then foraged by the harbour wall while one other adult appeared mingling at the surface halfway between the headland and the cardinal marker. This individual then travelled towards the cardinal marker whilst the other group lost one adult, and a mother and calf remained foraging close to the wall. This pair then joined the individual foraging by the cardinal marker for the start of the second hour. This group then travelled north-west out of the survey area, while another mother and calf appeared to mingle at the surface in the area between the marker and the waterfall. This pair moved closer to the harbour wall and were seen mingling at the surface for a short time. The survey ended with one individual foraging by the cardinal marker.

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

Just four Atlantic grey seals, in four separate groups, were seen during this survey. One female Atlantic grey seal was seen scanning in front of the harbour wall for the first interval. Half an hour later, one male seal was seen travelling west from the wall along the cliffs for half an hour. In the second half of the survey, a female seal was briefly seen bottling in front of the wall. For the final half an hour a female seal, believed to be very young as was very small and still light in colour, was seen logging in front of the harbour wall.

09/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

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

The morning survey had a group of bottlenose dolphins moving around the bay for the entire two hours, they displayed foraging and surface feeding, with fish prey being seen leaping out of the water to escape the hunting dolphins. The dolphins were also spotted interacting with boats with a pair following the wake of a boat all the way from the wall to the cardinal marker.

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

Throughout this watch an estimated ten different individuals were spotted in the bay, in two distinct groups; the groups, which included at least three juveniles overall, moved between the harbour wall and cardinal marker for the entire two hours while foraging and milling on the surface.

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

A group of five bottlenose dolphins including three juveniles stayed around the cardinal marker for the full two-hour survey, they displayed milling behaviours close to the survey as well as foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W

The group of five bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey moved from the cardinal marker across the bay towards the fish factory early in the survey. At the fish factory they joined a male Atlantic Grey Seal spotted initially scanning close to the harbour wall before it too moved out toward the fish factory. In the last half-hour of the survey the dolphin group split and three of the group moved back to forage at the cardinal marker.