20/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny-overcast-rain, sea state 1, wind SE-S-SW
Ten bottlenose dolphins, including a calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the entire survey period there were multiple small groups of bottlenose dolphins varying in size from one to six at a time who were all being very active across the waters in front of the harbour. They were mainly travelling back and forth, leaping or foraging at depth. A mother and calf came close to the harbour wall to forage as did an Atlantic grey seal.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny-fair-overcast-rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SW
Twelve bottlenose dolphins, including five calves

Several groups of bottlenose dolphins remained active throughout the entire survey period with activities ranging from chasing prey at the surface, leaping and tail slapping, travelling from West to East and back again, some individuals were also foraging at depth. There were several mother and calves spread out between the groups with as many as five calves being observed.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 2, wind SE-S-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Slightly fewer bottlenose dolphins than had previously been seen throughout the day but still several individuals remained for the entire survey period. They were mainly foraging at depth but still with some displaying some leaping behaviour and travelling across the harbour waters.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair-overcast-rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SW
Six bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey two individuals were foraging at depth by the cardinal buoy before a larger group came from the fish factory and swam across to the cardinal buoy. The group chased some prey at the surface before travelling back West in the direction they had come from. For almost an hour there were no sightings until right at the end of the survey four dolphins, including a calf travelled across the harbour making steady progress. Two Atlantic grey seals were also spotted by the harbour wall.