06/05/2016: Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time: 07:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2-1, wind direction S/SE

 

A total of four adults and two juveniles were spotted from around 07:15 and stayed in the area throughout the survey. They were seen foraging near the cardinal marker and travelling towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

 

Nine dolphins were spotted throughout the survey out near the cardinal marker and in the bay. They were seen foraging at depth and circling in one area leaping and tail slapping.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00

Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE

 

Six bottlenose dolphins including one calf were spotted from start to end around the fish factory and the cardinal marker. They appeared to be foraging at depth throughout the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 13:00

Weather condition: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW/W

 

11 bottlenose dolphins including one calf were spotted throughout the whole survey near the cardinal marker and by the fish factory. They were thought to be foraging at depth and travelling.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00

Weather condition: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were briefly spotted near the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 17:00

Weather condition: sunny/fair/overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction NE/N/E/SE/SW/W

 

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the start of the survey off the headland and were thought to be the same dolphins spotted on the previous survey. They were seen foraging at depth and disappeared after around fifteen minutes. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted at the end of the survey swimming towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey. Start time: 19:00

Weather condition: fair, sea state 1/2/3, wind direction N/NW

 

One Atlantic grey seal was spotted at the start of the survey near the cardinal marker before swimming over towards the fish factory.