19/07/15 Four Bottlenose Dolphins, One Harbour Porpoise and Nine Atlantic Grey Seals

4hr survey. Start time 13:30
Weather conditions: sea state 3-5, visibility >10km, light swell
Four Bottlenose Dolphins, One Harbour Porpoise and Nine Atlantic Grey Seals

This survey started off with a lot of bird activity with a kestrel, gannets, and a variety of gulls seen on leaving the harbour. The first sighting was about 45 minutes into the survey when two female grey seals were seen in the water 50 metres from the boat. Shortly afterwards another four seals including one male were also seen staying in the water at a similar distance. The next three sightings were all of solitary grey seals displaying the same behaviour of staying motionless in the water. At around 4pm, a group of two juvenile bottlenose dolphins were spotted, and the animals approached the boat and began riding the bow wave. There were also several gannets and lots of Manx shearwaters in the area suggesting that there was a good food supply in the area. The next marine mammal sighting was of a solitary harbour porpoise travelling west. The porpoise was quite close to the boat- only 40 metres which gave us an unusually close look at the animal. The next and final sighting was another group of two bottlenose dolphins which were travelling a couple of hundred metres from the boat and some tail slapping was also seen.