12/08/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey, start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling west in the last half an hour of the survey. They then stopped to the east of the headland and were joined by another dolphin where they were seen mingling at the surface, with leaps and splashing.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction W/SW

The three dolphins were spotted foraging near the headland in the first 45 minutes of the survey. The group included Jackie and Jay, a regular mother and calf pairing seen often in the bay. Jackie and Jay then came further into the bay near the harbour wall, where they were seen leaping and splashing. There were no further sightings after these.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW

Ten bottlenose dolphins in total were spotted in this survey, consisting of four groups. They were located near the cardinal marker, near the end of the harbour wall and then slightly further out in front of harbour wall. This group also included regulars to the bay. Mother and calf pairing Echo and Panda were seen foraging near the end of the harbour wall, and juveniles Finn and Joey also came in very close to the front of the wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen bottling near the harbour wall.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW/S

The same dolphins as the previous survey remained in the area for the duration of this survey. They were observed to be foraging, socialising, leaping and splashing, all very close to the harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling near the headland for the last 45 minutes of the survey.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction W/NW

There were no sightings for the duration of this survey.

2hr survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction W/WNW

Three solo dolphins were spotted separately during this survey. One dolphin was spotted foraging near the cardinal mark, one foraging in front of the harbour wall and one travelling east. The two foraging were present for the last hour and a half of the survey.