18/07/2015 13 Bottlenose Dolphins and Five Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny to overcast, sea state 1 increasing to 3, wind direction SE-S
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

The survey started off quietly with no sightings for the first half hour. After this a grey seal was spotted right by the harbour wall, and another was seen about half an hour afterwards further out north of the wall. After this dolphins moved into the harbour- one individual was sighted close to the harbour wall deep diving and possibly foraging, and another was further off the about 400 metres away from the pier. After this another two animals were seen close to the cardinal mark, and in the last 15 minutes another dolphin was seen also close to the cardinal mark.

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW-W
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

Three of the bottlenose dolphins from the last survey were seen at the beginning of the 9am watch, milling over towards the cardinal marker, and a grey seal was also seen very close to the wall. Another individual was then spotted at the end of the pier and the group of three split up, one of them began leaping. Then another two dolphins were spotted, creating a group of five off the harbour wall, with another individual still over by the reef. Another two bottlenose dolphins were seen in the distance beyond the cardinal buoy but only briefly, and the remaining animals in the harbour dispersed and left before the end of the survey. In total eight dolphins were seen.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W

There were no sea mammal sightings during this survey, however there was some interesting bird behaviour recorded, as a bird of prey was seen clutching a bird and being chased by two herring gulls.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW-SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time  15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW-S
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two seals were seen during this survey about half an hour apart. One was seen north of the harbour wall, and the second, which was a male, was seen travelling into the harbour from the fish factory until it dived.