04/07/2013: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain/Dull-Overcast/fair; sea state 1/3, wind SW/SE.
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

At the start of the survey a single dolphin was sighted foraging in front of the harbour wall and another in the harbour. Another single dolphin was then sighted just off the cardinal buoy also foraging.
In the last 15 minutes of the first hour of the survey three dolphins including a calf were seen off the harbour wall foraging and the single dolphin continued to forage at the end of the harbour wall.
In the second half of the survey the three dolphins stayed in the same area but the dolphin in front of the harbour wall was joined by another for the first 15minutes but then stayed alone foraging for the remainder of the survey. In the last half an hour a single dolphin foraged just off the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair; sea state 3, wind SW.
Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

Three dolphins including a calf were seen at the start of the survey between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy; they stayed there for the first half an hour of the survey. Another three dolphins including a calf were sighted in front of the harbour wall and a single dolphin foraging just off the reef.
In the last 30minutes of the first half of the survey the three dolphins stayed in front of the harbour wall while the single dolphin foraged at depth at the cardinal buoy.
In the second half of the survey two dolphins were in the distance foraging between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy where they stayed for half an hour. No further sightings were observed in the last half an hour.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Sunny; sea state 3, wind SW.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals.

A single dolphin foraged between the harbour wall and the fish factory in the first 15minutes and was then joined by another dolphin where they foraged making regular surfacing.
A single dolphin was then seen just off the cardinal buoy foraging at depth, and another dolphin travelled east. A single dolphin was then sighted just off the fish factory foraging while the other remained at the cardinal buoy. In the second half of the survey a single dolphin travelled east making rapid progress and two dolphins foraged at the cardinal buoy. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off the fish factory.
In the last half an hour of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was sighted at the end of the harbour wall and a single dolphin foraged just in front of the wall.
Only one dolphin was seen in the last 15minute survey period travelling while regular surfacing past the fish factory.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair; sea state 2-3, winds S/SW.
Three Bottlenose dolphins.

In the second half of the survey a single dolphin was foraging alone in the distance in front of the harbour wall. In the last 15minutes two dolphins were seen travelling east surfacing at irregular intervals just off the fish factory.