17/08/2017: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey, start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Mist/overcast/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey starting at 07:00. The first dolphin was spotted foraging near the harbour wall, with another dolphin being spotted later near the Cardinal marker. A third dolphin then joined the dolphin near the harbour wall to forage. Associated gannets were spotted throughout.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W

Three dolphins were also spotted throughout this survey, two adults and a calf. They were seen to be foraging near the cardinal marker, then moved across the bay towards the headland.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

A single dolphin was seen for the first half an hour of this survey foraging near the harbour wall. Sightings were sparse then until an Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling near the harbour wall at the start of the second hour of the survey.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Dolphins weren’t seen until the last 45 minutes of this survey, where two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the harbour wall. These two dolphins were then joined by an adult and calf where they began to socialise, staying near the surface and splashing. Another adult then joined this group for the last 15 minutes.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW

A group of six dolphins were seen staying near the surface by the harbour and two dolphins were seen to be foraging near the cardinal marker. After 45 minutes one dolphin remained near the harbour wall foraging and one was seen foraging near the cardinal marker. These animals remained for the rest of the survey.