03/10/2015: 8 Bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Misty, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE
One Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of this survey a female Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming from the fish factory SE and then began travelling beside the harbour wall before leaving the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Misty, sea state 1, wind direction NW/NE
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of this survey two groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen, with a single individual foraging offshore and a group of three dolphins including a calf were also seen travelling SE offshore. The group of three split and a mother and calf group began foraging closer to the harbour wall, whilst one individual was seen travelling rapidly with forward leaps east towards the cardinal buoy. Another mother and calf group was seen foraging offshore and the single individual from the previous 15 minutes was still present offshore foraging, before then leaving the survey area. The mother and calf group near the harbour wall then started travelling NE towards the cardinal buoy whilst the other mother and calf group were joined by one of the individual dolphins and they travelled NE near the cardinal buoy. The mother and calf group was then seen foraging south of the cardinal buoy before leaving the survey area whilst the group of three including the calf was seen foraging north of the cardinal buoy. This group of three was then joined by another adult and they travelled west towards the fish factory and a group of two other adult dolphins were then seen travelling west offshore before both these groups left the survey area around the headland. Then when all the dolphins had left the survey area a female Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming west beside the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Misty, sea state 1, wind direction N-NE
One Atlantic grey seal

During the last 15 minutes of this survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming west beside the harbour wall before then travelling up towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction N-NE

No sightings.