13/05/2016: 7 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. Then two groups of bottlenose dolphins were spotted. One a group of two, a calf and an adult, which were observed travelling, taking long dives and surfacing at irregular intervals, thought to be searching for prey on the move. These were spotted to the left of the cardinal marker. The other group was a group of three, spotted to right of the cardinal marker and observed staying, taking long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. Then the two groups joined creating a group of five. The group was observed staying, fast circling at the surface and leaping. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen separate from the group by the fish factory. It was travelling with long dives and keeping a same constant heading. Then two groups of three were seen along with an Atlantic grey seal mi-way through the survey. One group was near the cardinal buoy taking long dives, whereas the other group was closer to the fish factory and were staying and leaping. The one Atlantic grey seal was seen off the end of harbour wall to the left, it was swimming towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE/SE
Three groups of 7 bottlenose dolphins

The dolphins from the previous survey were still around at the beginning of the 9am survey. Three groups were seen, there was one group of three who were travelling with long dives in between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory. Another dolphin was seen also travelling with long dives, but this dolphin was closer to the fish factory. The other group was a group of 3, one of which was calf. These were staying, fast circling and leaping. Then at 9:15, there was only one group of 3 dolphins sighted by the fish factory. These were staying fast circling and leaping. There was a boat encounter but the dolphin’s behaviour didn’t change during this time. The group stayed in the area until 9:30.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N/A NNE
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was sighted at around 11:45am during the 11am survey. It was spotted off the harbour wall in line with the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings