19/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

19/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

An hour into the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming north-west past the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, five bottlenose dolphins were seen north of the harbour wall. One of the dolphins travelled east past the harbour wall, another was observed foraging at depth close by, and a group of three were observed leaping further out. They were shortly joined by another individual and the six individuals were observed foraging at various distances north of the harbour wall. Half an hour into the survey, two of the dolphins disappeared and the four that remained continued to forage at depth north-east of the harbour wall. They were observed moving west across the bay, continuing to forage, before disappearing from the survey area by the second hour of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Seven bottlenoses dolphins

Nearly an hour into the survey, seven bottlenose dolphins in two groups were observed travelling whilst foraging east across the bay. In the second half of the survey, the dolphins formed a group of five and a pair and were observed travelling around the cardinal marker, before heading back on themselves and travelling west past the headland and out of sight before the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

In the second half of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. In the last half hour of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling west across the bay towards the headland.