20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

20/08/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the first half an hour, another bottlenose dolphin had joined the original two near the cardinal marker, also seen to be taking long dives, before disappearing again fairly quickly. The original two bottlenose dolphins were then seen to travel closer to the harbour wall, before heading back to the cardinal marker to continue taking long dives. By the second half of the survey period, all the bottlenose dolphins had disappeared from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SSE
Four bottlenose dolphins

In the last 45 minutes of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near the cardinal marker taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. Within the next half an hour, a further two individual bottlenose dolphins were sighted in the survey area. One was seen to be foraging at depth, whilst the other was seen milling about at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
Two bottlenose dolphins

The pair of bottlenose dolphins seen in the last survey period were still present in the first fifteen minutes of the survey period, observed travelling south-east away from the cardinal marker, before disappearing from the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SSE
One Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water in the last 45 minutes of the survey period, before disappearing fifteen minutes before the end of the survey.