17/10/2015: 18 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

17/10/2015: 18 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE – NE
8 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

As the survey started 8 bottlenose dolphins including one young calf and juvenile travelled from the cardinal marker slowly west across the bay towards the fish factory before slowly disappearing. 15 minutes later they reappeared near to the fish factory and travelled directly towards the reef. The main group travelled parallel to the cardinal marker while one individual travelled past the harbour wall and continued across to Llanina reef. The behaviour soon changed to that of foraging with all individuals diving within a specific spot. After 15 minutes they again started to travel from the cardinal marker back towards the fish factory before again disappearing. 45 minutes later the same group composition travelled back from the fish factory and started to travel east across the bay. 2 female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in front of the harbour wall travelling north east.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-dull, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) were sighted near to the cardinal marker traveling east out of the survey area. After 45 minutes 2 bottlenose dolphins were sighted in front of the harbour wall briefly travelling towards the fish factory. Then 5 dolphins (including one juvenile) was seen slowly circling between the fish factory and cardinal marker before moving offshore out of the survey area. Towards the end of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was sighted travelling offshore towards the cardinal marker where a single bottlenose dolphin was mingling at the surface. Within the last 15 minute survey there were 5 bottlenose dolphins at the cardinal marker . At the start of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was sighted in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-dull, sea state 3, wind direction NE
Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen twice within the survey period both males in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – dull, sea state 3-2, wind direction N-NE

No sightings