15/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind E/NE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout most of the survey. A group were seen to be foraging just off new quay headland in the first hour, two of which seemed to have moved further out towards the cardinal buoy. A grey seal was also spotted close to the harbour wall in this time. In the final hour of the survey the two bottlenose dolphins remained around the cardinal buoy where they were seen to be foraging.

2 hour survey, start time 11.00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind N/NE
Six bottlenose dolphins including one calf

There were no sightings in the first 30 minutes of the survey; however two groups were spotted quite far out due north of the harbour wall. The larger of the two groups, was seen to display energetic behaviour whereas the second group, a mother and calf, were seen foraging. In the final hour the larger group moved away to the north, leaving the mother and calf to be sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N/NE
One bottlenose dolphin

There were no sightings in the first hour of the survey. However one bottle nosed dolphin was seen to be foraging just out from the harbour wall in the second half of the survey, staying for around 30 minutes before leaving in a northerly direction.

2 hour survey, start time 15.00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind NW
Three bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals

There were no sightings in the first 30 minutes of the survey. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the latter of the first half of the survey feeding just off new quay headland and travelling near the cardinal buoy. One grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall. In the second hour of the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen to be travelling towards the cardinal buoy. Two grey seals were also spotted close to the harbour wall.