17/09/2015: 15 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

In the latter half of the survey, a pair of bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, was spotted. They were seen quite close to the harbour wall milling around at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 11.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW/W/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen throughout the first hour and a half of the survey period. An adult and calf were spotted foraging behind the harbour wall early in the survey period, before travelling north east towards the cardinal marker. A further pair of dolphins, including a calf, was seen foraging around the cardinal marker at 1130, and remained for around 45 minutes before travelling west across the survey area. At 1230 another group of two dolphins was briefly spotted foraging around 250m south of the cardinal buoy. In addition, a single adult female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling in the water in front of the harbour wall, staying for 30 minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 13.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction W/NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15.00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen throughout the second half of the survey period. A pair of dolphins was spotted offshore from the fish factory, travelling towards the coast, before beginning long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. An additional lone dolphin was seen close to the fish factory, also thought to be foraging at depth. At around 1630, a single adult dolphin was spotted close to the fish factory undertaking long dives. In the last 15 minutes of the survey, a pair of dolphins, including a calf, as well as a lone adult dolphin, were spotted foraging offshore from the fish factory. One adult Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall at the end of the survey period, swimming in a westerly direction.