01/10/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 0700
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind SSE-S
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

A male Atlantic grey seal was seen at the start of the survey by the pier and he remained there for the first half of the survey. Also in the first half of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling west towards the fish factory. Two bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping a short distance from the fish factory. There were no sightings in the second half of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: fair-overcast, sea state 1-2, wind SSW –SW
One Atlantic grey seal

There were no sightings in the first half of the survey. During the second half of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water a short distance from the pier.

2hr survey. Start time 1100
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 2-3, wind W
One Atlantic grey seal

In the first 15 minutes of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the pier. There were no further sightings for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 1300
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind S/SW/NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 1500
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 3, wind NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings within the first half of the survey. In the second half of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins including a mother and calf were seen leaping and tail slapping near the pier. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, a mother and calf were seen circling, leaping and tail slapping near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 1700
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind NNW-N
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin was thought to be foraging and leaping near the pier at the start of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water around the pier at the same time. Near the end of the first half of the survey, the mother and calf travelled in a NE direction and were later seen offshore from the cardinal buoy foraging.