01/06/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW/S

Seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Many dolphins were seen across the survey area throughout this survey period. Initially, three individuals were seen out toward the fish factory, two rapidly travelling west and one foraging at depth. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted scanning the area just off the harbour wall for the first 15 minutes of the survey. 15 minutes into the survey, four individuals, including one calf were seen foraging by the cardinal buoy before swimming east to meet up with the first group of dolphins. In the middle of the survey, all seven individuals were identified halfway between the wall and the cardinal buoy mingling at the surface and leaping. A mother and calf then travelled around the wall into the harbour and remained around the harbour wall foraging at depth for the remainder of the survey. While the remaining group continued to mingle at the surface for the rest of the survey period, north of the harbour wall.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW

Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf and three Atlantic grey seals

Dolphins were seen consistently throughout the two hour survey. Initially two individuals were sighted milling around the surface halfway out to the cardinal buoy, before grouping with two other individuals further out toward the fish factory. A mother and calf separated from the others and entered the harbour. They then continued to mill around the surface. Approximately halfway into the survey, two female Atlantic grey seals were sighted just off the harbour wall and one male was identified east of the harbour wall. All three were displaying logging behaviours. Towards the end of the survey four dolphins were seen foraging and leaping north of the factory before disappearing for the last 15 minutes of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 3, wind direction S

No sightings

No sightings to report. Survey was abandoned due to inclement weather at 14:45pm for the rest of the day.