05/05/2015: 1 harbour porpoise, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 5 bottlenose dolphins.

05/05/2015: 1 harbour porpoise, 1 Atlantic grey seal, 5 bottlenose dolphins.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: changeable (sunny/fair/overcast/dull/rain), sea state 3-4, wind direction S/SW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: changeable (overcast/dull/rain/sunny/fair), sea state 3-4, wind direction S/SE.

In the first quarter of the survey period a harbour porpoise was observed travelling northwards in the survey area, whilst a male Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling nearby, north-east of the harbour wall. The harbour porpoise was observed throughout the survey period, first milling about the surface and taking long dives, possibly foraging. It was later observed travelling in all directions with irregular surfacing, taking long dives and making rapid progress, thought to be searching for prey whilst on the move and moving out of the area quickly towards the end of the survey period. The male Atlantic grey seal was also observed later on in the final quarter of the survey period, bottling south-east of the harbour wall.

2hr survey period. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3-4, wind direction S.

The male Atlantic grey seal from the previous survey period was again observed in the water, near to the harbour wall. In the final quarter of the survey period five bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives, possibly feeding, near the harbour wall, before three were seen travelling in an eastward direction, with another two seen taking long dives and observed jumping/tail slaps/lunging just off the fish factory. In the final time block of the survey period all five bottlenose dolphins, including two juveniles, were observed feeding and chasing prey at the surface (fish seen!), with added displays of jumping/tail slaps/lunging, by the fish factory. Sea birds were seen above and feeding amongst the dolphins.