09/10/2015: 22 Atlantic grey seals, eight bottlenose dolphins and nine harbour porpoises

8hr survey. Start time 09:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2-0, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Eight bottlenose dolphins, 10 Atlantic grey seals and eight harbour porpoises

Within the first five minutes of this survey a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west and tail slapping 50m from the boat. Then just under an hour later an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 100m from the boat. The next sighting came about three hours later when a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 100m from the boat. Twenty minutes after this another grey seal was seen in the water. Then an hour later a group of five harbour porpoises were seen travelling NW 1km from the boat, then within a minute of this sighting another seal was seen in the water. 35 minutes after this another grey seal was seen in the water and another was seen 10 minutes later. Within a minute of this seal sighting a group of three harbour porpoises were seen 500m from the boat. Just under an hour after this an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water and another was seen an hour and 15 minutes after this. Then quickly after this sighting a group of six bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were seen foraging, tail slapping, leaping and socialising. The final sighting of this trip was seen 15 minutes later when a mother and pup grey seal were seen with the pup hauled out and the mother in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 11:15
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
12 Atlantic grey seals and one harbour porpoise

About ten minutes into this survey a mother and pup were seen 30m from the boat with the pup hauled out and the mother in the water. Five minutes later an adult male seal was seen swimming near Bird’s Rock. Then after half an hour a harbour porpoise was seen travelling NE near Ynys Lochtyn 90m from the boat. Then after a further half an hour a group of six Atlantic grey seals. This group consisted of two pups hauled out, two females hauled out and a male and a female in the water. Five minutes later another female seal was seen in the water and then again five minutes later another adult female was seen in the water. The last sighting of the trip came 15 minutes later when a male seal was seen in the water 50m from the boat.