01/10/12: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey; start time 09:00

Weather conditions; Overcast/ dull/ fair, sea state; 1, wind direction S/SE

10 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

At the beginning of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping with tail slaps. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen at this time close to the harbour wall. Shortly after this a mother and a young calf were seen travelling east from the direction of the fish factory. There were now nine bottlenose dolphins foraging and playing very close to the harbour wall. These dolphins stayed throughout the survey foraging near the harbour wall and playing out near the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey; start time 11:00

Weather conditions; Overcast/rain/fair, sea state; 2, wind direction S/SW

16 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

Eight bottlenose dolphins with one calf were staying around the cardinal buoy milling around the surface, this group then split so that the mother and calf were very close to the harbour wall leaping and playing. Six more bottlenose dolphins joined the group travelling from the north and the east. The dolphins stayed around the harbour travelling from the cardinal buoy to the fish factory and back. There was also one Atlantic grey seal seen near the harbour wall.

2hr survey; start time 13:00

Weather conditions; sunny, sea state; 2, wind direction SW

Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen at the cardinal buoy milling at the surface, at this time three more dolphins were travelling east. There was one more calf within this group. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen just off the end of the harbour wall. This now larger group then moved in from the cardinal buoy closer to the harbour wall to forage at depth. This group stayed foraging at depth throughout the rest of the survey.

2hr survey; start time 15:00

Weather conditions; Sunny, sea state; 2, wind direction SW

Five Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

 

For the first hour of the survey a mother and a young bottlenose dolphin’s calf were foraging near the cardinal buoy before they moved further out by the fish factory. Here they were leaping in the larger waves. Two more dolphins were then seen travelling NW towards the mother and calf. Shortly after, the mother and calf left. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling close to the harbour wall. Two bottlenose dolphins remained foraging in front of the harbour wall for the rest of the survey.