04/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain/mist, sea state: 1-3, wind: SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

In the first hour three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen close to the harbour wall staying in the area mingling at the surface and leaping out of the water. This carried on throughout the survey until the last 15 minutes where a total of eight bottlenose dolphins were seen, including two calves, spread across the area between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy.

30 minute survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state: 3, wind: SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

The weather meant that this survey only lasted for 30 minutes but during that time, five bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were seen close to the harbour wall where they were foraging at depth.
2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state: 2, wind: SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

A mother with a calf was seen close to the harbour wall during the first 15 minutes of the survey. One other dolphin was spotted for the first half an hour of the survey close to the cardinal buoy where it was thought to be foraging. No further sightings throughout the rest of the survey period.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state: 1-2, wind: W-WSW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey, seven bottlenose dolphins, including three calves, were seen travelling north-east between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. Five dolphins, including two calves, were later seen leaping by the cardinal buoy. They then proceeded to travel back towards the fish factory, thought to be foraging as they travelled. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, two grey seals were spotted, one swimming close to the harbour wall and another further out of the harbour.