18/08/12: bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal and two sunfish

2hr survey: Start time 09:00
Weather conditions:sunny/ overcast; sea state 1; wind direction: S
15 bottlenose dolphins including four calves.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one new born calf were seen toward the cardinal buoy foraging, diving and travelling east, another individual bottlenose dolphin was seen at the cardinal buoy diving at depth and foraging. Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen travelling fast west towards the fish factory. Four bottlenose dolphins including two calves were later seen leaping and tail slapping, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling east towards the cardinal buoy and two bottlenose dolphins were seen further out from the cardinal buoy foraging.

2hr survey: Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/ overcast; sea state 1-2; wind direction: SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins including two calves, one Atlantic grey seal and one sunfish.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen towards the cardinal buoy diving at depth and foraging, the group travelled west towards the fish factory, surfacing regularly. Three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were also seen travelling towards the fish factory, foraging and hunting whilst they travelled. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen closer to the fish factory travelling west whilst hunting, it was later seen leaping and tail slapping by the fish factory. The previous mother and calf returned into view and travelled towards the cardinal buoy where they were foraging and diving. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall in the water and a sunfish was spotted in the middle of the bay. An individual bottlenose dolphin was spotted by the fish factory foraging and staying at the surface.

2hr survey: Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny; sea state 2; wind direction: SW-S
Four bottlenose dolphins.

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen towards the fish factory foraging and diving at depth. Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy, they later travelled with regular surfacing west towards the fish factory.

2hr survey: Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/ fair; sea state 1-2; wind direction: N
Six bottlenose including one calf and one sunfish.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen towards the fish factory foraging and diving at depth, these animals later travelled further west. An individual bottlenose dolphin was also seen near the fish factory foraging and two other bottlenose dolphins were later seen foraging by the fish factory. One sunfish was spotted near to the harbour wall and an individual bottlenose dolphin was seen by the cardinal buoy foraging.