05/10/2012 bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey; start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast to fair, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW
Four Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen foraging close to the harbour wall. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen in this area. The dolphins then started leaping and lunging by the harbour wall. 45 minutes passed without a sighting then three bottlenose dolphins began leaping in front of the harbour wall. One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging out by the cardinal buoy, one dolphin was seen foraging at the end of the harbour wall and two dolphins including a calf were seen leaping and feeding in the beach area behind the harbour wall.

2hr survey; start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen leaping, three bottlenose dolphins including two calves were seen foraging and another adult bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging all groups were close to the harbour wall and separated slightly. The dolphins then separated further and three were seen foraging out by the cardinal buoy and one was seen leaping by the cardinal buoy. Two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were then seen foraging in front of the harbour wall and one adult was seen further out, also foraging. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging north east of the harbour wall. Some of this behaviour turned into leaps and lunges. The dolphins then were seen to group together to form eight bottlenose dolphins chasing their prey at the surface near to the cardinal buoy. They were then seen to be travelling up and down the harbour wall and the group split to begin foraging near to the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey; start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen milling around at the surface and mingling by the cardinal buoy. They were then seen to move slightly offshore to forage then returned to the cardinal buoy area and split to forage in this area too. Two more dolphins joined at the cardinal buoy, they were then a group of six and seen travelling west of the cardinal buoy. Five bottlenose dolphins were then seen travelling near to the fish factory going north. Two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen travelling east towards the cardinal buoy. The travelling behaviour in the dolphins then turned to foraging behaviour. Five bottlenose dolphins including a calf were then seen travelling in the offshore direction (west). Four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were then seen leaping and lunging in the offshore area.

2hr survey; start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state: 2, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging near to the fish factory, then two separate dolphins were seen foraging out by the cardinal buoy. Five bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen leaping and lunging near to the fish factory. This group then split and two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging by the cardinal buoy and two including the calf were seen foraging closer to the harbour wall. This then changed to just one dolphin foraging at the cardinal buoy and one other dolphin also foraging in this area. This was further reduced to just one bottlenose dolphin foraging by the cardinal buoy. At the end of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins including the calf were seen travelling west past the harbour wall towards the fish factory, and two separate bottlenose dolphins foraging in front of the harbour wall. One female Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall.