19/ 09/ 2015: 16 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey period an individual bottlenose dolphin was observed foraging at the far side of the survey area beyond the reef for half an hour. At the beginning of the second hour of the survey two an individual bottlenose dolphin was seen north of the harbour wall travelling westwards surfacing regularly turning northwest after 15 minutes. A pair of bottlenose dolphins, also travelling westwards surfacing regularly, where observed further offshore between the fish factory and the cardinal marker. At 0815 another individual bottlenose dolphin was observed offshore north-west of the harbour wall, travelling westwards surfacing regularly. All 4 bottlenose dolphins continued to travel with regular surfacing before leaving the survey area by 0830.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S
Seven bottlenose dolphins

In the second half of the survey period a group of 7 bottlenose dolphins, including 2 calves, was spotted offshore north of the harbour wall milling at the surface. After half an hour the dolphins’ activity became more energetic. The group was observed circling rapidly, leaping and lunging before disappearing towards the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE-NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey period a pair of bottlenose dolphins was observed foraging at depth in front of the fish factory. Another pair of bottlenose dolphins was spotted offshore north of the harbour wall undertaking long dives. Both pairs left the survey area after 15 minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
One Atlantic grey seal

An individual female Atlantic grey seal was observed travelling westwards off the harbour wall towards the fish factory at the start of the survey period, leaving the survey area after half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/ fair/ overcast, sea state 1, wind direction N

No sightings.