18/10/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction E/NE
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey period, a single Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall. There were no sightings for the next hour, but an individual dolphin was spotted at around 1000, travelling west across the study area and surfacing irregularly, indicating that it was searching for prey whilst on the move. Half an hour later, another individual dolphin was spotted foraging offshore from the fish factory. Towards the very end of the survey period, another Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the fish factory, before swimming in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the start of the survey period, one adult bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling slowly east across the survey area, foraging whilst on the move. The dolphin spent around half an hour in the vicinity of the cardinal marker, still foraging, before making determined progress in a northerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
Six bottlenose dolphins

In the first half hour of the survey period, a single bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near to the cardinal marker, before disappearing. A while later, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted near the cardinal marker, heading in an easterly direction and searching for prey whilst travelling. At around the same time, another individual dolphin was seen milling around at the surface a way offshore from the harbour wall. Around half an hour after this, a group of three adult bottlenose dolphins was spotted near the fish factory, travelling east across the study area. They continued to do so for approximately thirty minutes before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

No dolphins were spotted during this survey period, but an adult female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall in the second half of the survey.