06/06/12 Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey; start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Variable between overcast / dull & rain; Sea state: 3-4; Wind direction: SW
Six bottlenose dolphins & one Atlantic grey seal

A mother and calf were spotted a couple of meters from the harbour wall for the firs hour of the survey. Another adult dolphin displayed hunting behaviour very close to the wall in this time period. More dolphins were spotted around the cardinal bay with the mother and calf moving to join them. In the last fifteen minutes of the survey and Atlantic grey seal appeared right in front of the observer.

2hr survey; start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Variable between fair, overcast / dull and rain; Sea state: 1; Wind direction: SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

A bottlenose dolphin was sighted by the cardinal buoy. An encounter with a motor boat occurred in which the boat came within 50 meters and pursued the dolphin causing tit to swim away. At this time another dolphin was sighted near to the harbour wall where another boat encounter occurred although this time with a passenger boat which did not change course, the dolphin did not alter its behaviour and continued travelling to the headland as it had been doing previously. At the headland the same dolphin had another encounter with a passenger vessel which also did not change its course and the dolphin showed no alteration in behaviour. At the end of the survey another dolphin was sighted by the cardinal buoy. It had an encounter with a motor boat which did not change its course and travelled slowly, the dolphin showed no changes in behaviour.

2hr survey; start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Variable between overcast / dull, rain & sun & showers; sea state: 1-2; Wind direction: SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

A lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted at the start of the survey. Another dolphin was sighted half way through the survey and was located by new quay headland. This individual had several encounters with passenger vessels in which all slowed down then moved on. The dolphin did not alter its behaviour through these encounters. At the end of the survey the dolphin moved from its headland location across the bay.

2hr survey; start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Variable between fair & sunny; sea state: 1; Wind direction W
Two bottlenose dolphins & one Atlantic grey seal

A lone bottlenose dolphin was seen by the cardinal buoy. This dolphin had one boat encounter with a passenger vessel late in the survey in which the passenger boat slowed down and then moved on. The dolphin showed no alteration in behaviour. Another bottlenose dolphin was briefly sighted half an hour into the survey located by the harbour wall and moving in a north easterly direction.