04/08/15: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

04/08/15: 5 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather condition: Overcast/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE-SW.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

Three bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were spotted in the survey area at about 9.30am. They were displaying energetic and foraging behaviour, and stayed in the area throughout the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain/mist, sea state 2, wind direction NW.
Three bottlenose dolphins.

The same three bottlenose dolphins seen in the previous survey period were observed showing a mixture of energetic behaviour, foraging, travelling and mingling at the surface throughout the survey period. During the last 15 minutes, they split into two groups: one dolphin stayed close to the harbour wall and was seen taking long dives, while the other two dolphins swam further out and were seen leaping, tail slapping and lunging.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW.
Five bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey, the same group of three bottlenose dolphins as the previous survey periods was seen in the survey area. During the first half of the survey period, they were being followed by a single bottlenose dolphin. Both groups were seen foraging and circling around the surface, and were moving around the area between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. During the second half of the survey period, these four dolphins formed a single group. They were seen mingling around at the surface, rapidly travelling towards the fish factory with splashy forward leaps, and finally foraging in the vicinity of the cardinal marker. During the last 30 minutes, a single bottlenose dolphin was also seen, regularly surfacing, but it disappeared before the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW.
Three bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal.

The same group of three bottlenose dolphins from the previous three survey periods was seen foraging in the survey area during the first hour. At about 4.30pm, a single female Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in the water close to the fish factory.