08/07/2016: 27 bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling west towards the headland, with a further two individuals travelling north west past the harbour wall. After half an hour, all the individuals disappeared. During the second half of the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling south west towards the harbour wall, joined shortly by four more individuals. By the end of the survey, four of the dolphins were observed exhibiting splashy behaviour in front of the harbour wall, with a lone individual taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth at the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Four of the bottlenose dolphins seen at the end of the previous survey, were still observed foraging and milling around near the harbour wall at the beginning of the survey, continuing to do so for the first hour. Half way through the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was also observed travelling around the cardinal marker, before being joined by a second individual from the larger group. The pair of dolphins were briefly observed exhibiting splashy behaviour at the surface. Towards the end of the survey, six bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling around the survey area near the harbour wall and exhibiting splashy surface behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, Wind direction SW
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, three of the six bottlenose dolphins observed at the end of the previous survey were still observed for the first half an hour and were displaying foraging behaviour. After half an hour of no sightings, a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed near the cardinal marker and were also displaying foraging behaviour for half an hour. Towards the end of the survey, a further four bottlenose dolphins had joined the group to continue foraging around the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction S
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of four bottlenose dolphins including a calf was observed near the cardinal marker displaying foraging behaviour. For the next half an hour a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed in the same location displaying the same foraging behaviour. No other sightings were made for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction S
Two bottlenose dolphins

Approximately fifteen minutes into the survey, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed near the cardinal marker displaying foraging behaviour. The same individual remained in the same location for the next half an hour but displayed slow travelling behaviour. Another individual was then observed with the first individual and these two dolphins remained near the cardinal marker for the remainder of the survey displaying foraging behaviour.

2hr survey, Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic grey seal

After approximately fifteen minutes, a group of three bottlenose dolphins including one calf, were observed near the cardinal marker and stayed in the same location for forty five minutes. Half way through the survey, the group of three bottlenose dolphins previously observed had moved west, and a group of two bottlenose dolphins (one of which was a calf) was observed and a lone bottlenose dolphin was also observed and was present in the same location for the next hour. After an hour and fifteen minutes, an Atlantic grey seal was observed and was present for the remainder of the survey in the same area. Towards the end of the survey, another group of three bottlenose dolphins was observed near the cardinal marker and at the very end of the survey a further two bottlenose dolphins joined the group of three that were previously observed.