05/10/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

05/10/2015: 5 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water North of the harbour wall before disappearing shortly after. Half an hour into the survey a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling East across the survey area with irregular surfacing. It was seen joined by a second individual and the pair were observed tail slapping and leaping at the surface. In the second half of the survey the pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed travelling North-west past the harbour wall with irregular surfacing and a third individual was seen nearby foraging at depth. The third individual quickly disappeared and the original pair was observed foraging at depth between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker before splitting up and both travelling North with irregular surfacing. At the end of the survey the pair of bottlenose dolphins regrouped and foraged at depth in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SE/S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey the same pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed foraging at depth, displaying splashy behaviour and tail slapping, and mingling at the surface near the harbour wall. About half an hour in the pair moved further out and were seen travelling West with irregular surfacing out of the survey area. A new lone bottlenose dolphin was also seen travelling East past the harbour wall with irregular surfacing with some leaping. In the second half of the survey the lone dolphin was observed foraging at depth in front of the harbour wall and a second individual was seen foraging at depth near the headland. The two lone dolphins became a pair with one seen foraging at depth and the other leaping in front of the harbour wall before both were observed travelling towards the cardinal marker and disappearing by the end of the survey.