05/09/2014: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 0700
Weather conditions: Fair/ Sunny, Sea state 0, wind N/A
Four bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were sighted only within the last hour and a quarter surfacing and leaping just off the fish factory. Later on they dispersed and headed over towards the cardinal buoy. Within the last half hour only two dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 0900
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair, sea state 0/1, wind N/A and NNW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the majority of the survey, firstly travelling, foraging and surfacing around the fish factory and slowly edging over towards the cardinal buoy and harbour wall. Here they were seen foraging and mingling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time: 1100
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N

No sightings.

2hr Survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind NW
Four Harbour Porpoise, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

The first half hour of the survey was quiet; however a Grey seal was sighted offshore towards the fish factory. The last hour saw four harbour porpoise enter the bay. They were foraging, travelling and mingling at the surface offshore in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N
Four harbour porpoise

Harbour porpoise were seen throughout the survey, including one juvenile. They stayed offshore in front of the harbour wall, where they displayed foraging behaviour, and travelling in-between the fish factory and cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: Mist, sea state 1, wind NW/W
Five Bottlenose dolphins

Nothing was seen during the first hour of the survey. Then five bottlenose dolphins were sighted. Two were foraging next to the cardinal buoy and three just in front of the harbour wall. Three then moved off to towards the fish factory where they were foraging, a further two, including a juvenile, moved east of the cardinal buoy and were foraging.