11/08/13 – Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

2 hour survey, start time 9:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 3, wind NW
5 bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall during the first half hour of the survey. There were then no sightings for the next hour other than one dolphin being spotted in the distance travelling north away from the harbour. During the last half hour of the survey, five dolphins were seen foraging very close to the harbour wall once again.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3-4, wind W
4 bottlenose dolphins

By the second survey of the day, three dolphins, one being a calf, remained close to the harbour wall before moving out towards the Cardinal Buoy area where they appeared to be foraging and were seen leaping and splashing around. A fourth dolphin was then spotted foraging close to the Harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/ sunny, sea state 2, wind W-SW
5 bottlenose dolphins

Throughout the start of this land-survey, the three adult dolphins and one calf continued to forage between the Cardinal Buoy and the Harbour wall. An hour into the survey, an Atlantic grey seal popped up just at the bottom of the harbour wall below the surveyor’s position on the wall. During the last half of the survey, there were no sightings for the first half hour, but then three dolphins returned to the harbour wall and Cardinal Buoy area; they were observed to be foraging.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind SW-S
4 bottlenose dolphins

Sightings of bottlenose dolphins were during the first half of this survey. Three dolphins, one being a calf, were spotted foraging North West from the harbour wall and a fourth was foraging next to the Cardinal Buoy during the first half hour. During the second half hour of the survey, a mother and calf were observed leaping and tail slapping half-way between the end of the harbour wall and the Cardinal Buoy before disappearing from view; resulting in no further sightings during the rest of the survey.