11/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction SW

Twelve bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, for the first hour they were spotted by the fish factory and by the cardinal marker and also close to the harbour wall. They were separated into two groups of three and another group of five swimming close together. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the first fifteen minutes. Another grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall which stayed around for twenty minutes. Ten bottlenose dolphins were seen herding fish into the bay on the east side of the harbour wall, close to the stones. These were then seen to spread out and six including one juvenile travelled out towards the fish factory again. While another group of four including one juvenile stayed on the east side of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/mist<2km/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

Ten bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, one grouping of four including two juveniles (one of which is new born) thought to be the same dolphins as the previous survey still foraging. One separately feeding dolphin close to the cardinal marker joined the grouping of four, close to the harbour wall at the end of the first hour. A male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the last fifteen minutes of the first hour. Another group of four dolphins appeared with one juvenile 200m in front of the other grouping; these were taking long dives and did not appear again until the final fifteen minutes of the survey by the cardinal marker with another individual. The same male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall, 20 minutes into the second half of survey bottling its head out of the water to look at surroundings. The group of four dolphins with two juveniles stayed by the east of the harbour wall for the entire two hour survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Seven bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey, split into two groups which were the same individuals as seen in the previous survey. The grouping of five with one new born were foraging to the east of the harbour wall and stayed there until 13.30 before leaving sight. The second group of dolphins consisted of two dolphins foraging by the cardinal marker which stuck around for one hour before travelling further into the bay. There were no sightings in the last half hour.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction S

A female and a male Atlantic grey seal were seen in front of the harbour wall bottling heads out of the water, these stayed in the area for half an hour. One mother and calf bottlenose dolphins were seen 300 meters in front of the harbour wall foraging regularly surfacing and then taking longer dives after being in the area for half hour, they were seen on the east of the harbour wall where it is shallower waters, easier for feeding at the end of the survey. Another female and male Atlantic grey seals were spotted at 16.00 which stayed around for half hour, thought to be different seals than previous.