2hr survey. Start time 10:51.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light swell.
One Atlantic grey seal, nine bottlenose dolphins.
The first sighting was seen after just three minutes and it was one adult and one juvenile dolphin displaying foraging behaviours. Twenty minutes later two adults were spotted leaping. The third sighting was of a seal, the only one seen on both boat trips, and it was an adult hauled out of the water. In the second half of the survey at 12:02 another dolphin was seen on its own leaping out of the water. This was not too far away from the next sighting of dolphin at 12:05 which was also alone but foraging instead. The last dolphin sighting was three together, two being adults and one being a calf. They were displaying behaviours of both foraging and leaping out of the water.
2hr survey. Start time 12:48.
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light to moderate swell.
Eleven bottlenose dolphins.
The first sighting was two minutes into the survey, where one bottlenose dolphin was seen on its own, milling and travelling south east. It wasn’t long before the next two dolphins were seen, displaying behaviours of milling around at the surface. Four minutes later and the third and fourth sightings were made, just six minutes into the survey. There was just one dolphin for the former, displaying the same behaviour as the previous two, and one diving at depth. Seven minutes later at 13:02 another dolphin was seen travelling south east. The next sighting was made at 13:58 and so almost an hour had surpassed. Just one dolphin was seen, milling around at the surface, which was also the behaviour of the two other dolphins spotted at 14:02 and 14:10. The last sighting of the survey was three dolphins together, two adults and one calf, leaping out of the water.