16/08/2011 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr Survey: Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Rain or overcast/dull; Sea state 2; Wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

The first hour of the survey was quiet. One bottlenose dolphin was seen at 10.00 travelling towards the fish factory from the cardinal buoy. This dolphin was then joined by three other bottlenose dolphins for the rest of the survey. They were seen foraging and leaping in the area between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy.

2hr Survey: Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull; Sea state 3; Wind direction W
11 bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the two hour survey period in the area between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. They were seen foraging and also leaping and tail slapping. Two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water by the reef and one in front of the harbour wall at 11.30.

2hr Survey: Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/sunny; Sea state 2-3; Wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen from the start of the survey in the area off the harbour wall and near the cardinal buoy foraging and milling around at the surface. Another bottlenose dolphin joined them at 13.30. From this time on they gradually left the area until by 14:30 they had all left the survey area.

2hr Survey: Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair; Sea state 2-3; Wind direction S-W
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east out near the cardinal buoy, they travelled out of the area. At 15:45 one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging off the harbour wall and two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen foraging far out from the harbour wall. These were then joined by another dolphin foraging off the harbour wall and all were seen to stay in the area until 16:45 when they had all left the area. At 16:30 one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the fish factory.