09/05/15 10 Bottlenose Dolphins and One Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/Rainy, sea state 2-4, wind direction W
2 Bottlenose Dolphins

During the first half of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted just off the fish factory milling at the surface and taking long dives. A second bottlenose dolphin was then spotted beside the fish factory milling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 10:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W-NW
6 bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

During the first half of the survey an Atlantic Grey Seal was seen far north of the harbour wall swimming before diving. During the second half of the survey 3 bottlenose dolphins were spotted north of the harbour wall milling at the surface. A further 2 bottlenose joined this group and the dolphins were seen leaping, tail splashing and spyhopping which is where the head is poked vertically out of the water. The dolphins then split into smaller groups moving into different areas of the bay including by the cardinal buoy and on the inside of the harbour wall. Atleast one other bottlenose dolphin moved into the survey area towards the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
8 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey 4 bottlenose dolphins were spotted south of the harbour wall and 2 north of the harbour wall. The dolphins were taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth and some leaping was seen by one of the dolphins north of the wall. Later in the survey a total of 8 bottlenose were spotted. 1 was spotted south of the harbour wall leaping and the other 7 north of the wall were taking long dives. 6 of the dolphins were then spotted out towards the cardinal buoy leaping and lunging. After this they were not seen again.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/rainy, sea state 2, wind direction SW

No sightings to report