08/10/2016: 20 bottlenose dolphins, 12 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

2 hour survey. Start time 12:18

Weather conditions: Sea state: 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell, cloud cover 8 with glare

2 bottlenose dolphins, 7 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

 At the beginning of the survey a female grey seal was spotted hauled out. Three grey seals were then spotted about 10 minutes later, two adults (1 male, 1 female) in the water and a pup hauled out. Another two seals, one pup and one male adult were seen at around 12.49, again with the adult in the water and the pup hauled out on the beach. Later on in the survey, A mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were spotted travelling South. Two harbour porpoises were also seen travelling West towards the end of the survey.

2 hour survey. Start time 14:34

Weather conditions: Sea state: 2-3, visibility 1-10km/>10km, light/medium swell, cloud cover 5-7 without glare

18 bottlenose dolphins, 6 Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the first five minutes of the survey, displaying foraging behaviour. Another group of five bottlenose dolphins was spotted at the same time, with four adults and one juvenile, also displaying foraging behaviour. Three Atlantic grey seals were seen with a pup hauled out on the rocks and two adult seals in the water. Half an hour into the survey, eight bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen travelling west and were thought to be the same eight dolphins as were spotted earlier in the survey. At 15.29, one adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphin were seen leaping and foraging. Later on in the survey, two grey seals were spotted in the water and then another single grey seal was spotted hauled out on the beach.

Seal dsc_0706dsc_0726dsc_0728