12/06/15: 20 Bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

A single dolphin was spotted past the cardinal buoy sighted regularly, as the survey period went on the dolphin came closer. It was joined by another two dolphins, one being a juvenile. There was a lot of milling around indicating that there was some foraging for food. There was also a small display of leaping out of the water from the three dolphins near the cardinal buoy. The dolphins near the cardinal buoy and then just before the end of the survey another three dolphins around the fish factory leaping out of the water for a brief amount of time.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE
Four bottlenose dolphins

During this survey period there was one sighting, of four bottlenose dolphins and one juvenile. They travelled across the survey area and left pas the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE
One Atlantic grey seal and five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted near the harbour wall. Towards the end of the survey period two bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory. Another group of dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy towards the end of the survey period travelling towards the other group of dolphins near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

The two groups of dolphins from the previous survey were spotted at the beginning of this survey period closer together milling around with their calves. Later on in the survey period another two dolphins were spotted inside the harbour wall, close to the inner pier. There were observed milling around the surface, perhaps foraging for food.