18/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast with rain, sea state 1-2, wind SE
17 bottlenose dolphins, including seven calves

From the beginning of the survey we had two groups of bottlenose dolphins, each with six individuals; one group with four calves and the second group with three, they were first observed mingling at the surface with lots of energetic leaping and tail slapping, they were also travelling across the harbour waters frequently with some occasional foraging at depth. There were a high number of calves and loose groups throughout the survey period.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind E-SE
Ten bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and an Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of this survey several smaller groups of bottlenose dolphins, totalling to six individuals, including two calves remained out in the harbour waters, foraging at depth and continuing their energetic leaping close to the fish factory. The most seen during this period was ten dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal.

1 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and an Atlantic grey seal.

The survey began with around eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf foraging at depth close to the cardinal buoy as three smaller groups. Quite early on most dolphins travelled off in a westerly direction, whilst searching for prey on the move, before not being spotted again leaving one that stayed near the cardinal buoy before leaving also. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted close to the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast with rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SE
Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the survey period only an Atlantic grey seal was seen by the harbour wall.