09/10/2015: 16 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

About half an hour into this survey three groups of bottlenose dolphins entered the survey area. There was a group of two adults foraging near the fish factory, another group of two dolphins were seen travelling SE near the harbour wall and there was also an individual dolphin foraging offshore. The group of two that were travelling SE remained doing this for a further 15 minutes, whilst the single dolphin was seen near the harbour wall milling at the surface. The other group of two dolphins were seen foraging slightly closer to the harbour wall than they had been previously. These two were then seen foraging near the cardinal buoy and remained doing so for a further half an hour. The individual dolphin travelled further from the harbour wall and was seen foraging. Half an hour before the end of this survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming west near the harbour wall and a single dolphin was seen travelling west towards the fish factory. A group of two dolphins were also seen, foraging in the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE/S
Three bottlenose dolphins

An hour into this survey a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the fish factory and a single dolphin was also seen foraging near the fish factory. The group of two dolphins were then seen foraging between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy whilst the individual dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. Then both the single dolphin and the group of two adults were seen foraging near the cardinal before leaving the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

15 minutes into this survey a group of three dolphins including a juvenile were seen travelling west from the cardinal buoy as well as another group of three dolphins which were also travelling west from the fish factory. The dolphins then left the survey area around the headland except two adults which were still seen travelling west towards the fish factory 15 minutes later before they also left around the headland. There were no further sightings in this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction N

No sightings