12/05/2014: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull to Fair, wind W sea state 3-1
Eleven Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Atlantic Grey Seals

For the first half of the survey four dolphins (including two calves) were seen leaping and mingling at the surface between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. Another four dolphins were then seen travelling west from the cardinal buoy. During the last half hour of the survey eleven dolphins were seen leaping and foraging north of the harbour wall, with one Atlantic grey seal also seen close to the wall at the end of the survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny to Fair, wind W becoming SW sea state 3
Five Bottlenose Dolphins, one Atlantic Grey seal

At the start of the survey two dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy, and another three were seen travelling west towards the fish factory, with a grey seal being seen close the harbour wall. Throughout the survey one or two dolphins were continually seen around the cardinal buoy, mingling at the surface and occasionally leaping, including a mother and calf which were seen travelling west north of the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny to Fair, wind SW to W sea state 2
Nine Bottlenose Dolphins

During the first half of the survey three to four dolphins were seen foraging around the fish factory and the cardinal buoy, occasionally travelling between the two. In the second half of the survey three dolphins were seen travelling east from the fish factory.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull to Fair, wind SW to SSW sea state 2 becoming 3
Seven Bottlenose Dolphins and one Atlantic Grey Seal

In the first half of the survey a dolphin was seen travelling from the fish factory, and a further two were seen foraging north of the harbour wall. Later in the survey three dolphins were foraging around the fish factory, with an Atlantic grey seal also being seen north of the harbour wall. In the last half hour four dolphins were seen foraging in the same area, with two then travelling south towards the harbour wall.