20/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4-5, wind direction W

Four bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the first fifteen minutes of this survey, before they disappeared. Two were seen milling about near the harbour wall, with a mother and calf pairing being seen foraging near the cardinal marker. Sightings were quiet then for the next 45 minutes, before two seals were seen bottling near the harbour wall for the entire last hour!

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair/sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW

Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the last hour and fifteen minutes of this survey. A mother and calf were seen leaping and splashing near the harbour wall, with another individual foraging further behind them. They were then joined by three other dolphins, were the group of six engaged in some leaping and head slapping before splitting off to forage again. A pale bellied brent goose was also spotted, an unusual sight for this area!

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/S

Bottlenose dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal were seen for nearly the entirety of this survey! The female Atlantic grey remained in front of the harbour wall, going under the water and then popping back up to bottle frequently. One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging offshore from the harbour wall for the first hour, before four more dolphins, including two calves, entered the survey area from around the headland. They travelled across the bay, stopping to forage near the cardinal marker, with the calves leaping out of the water for most of this time.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/SE

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen, along with one Atlantic grey seal, during the first fifteen minutes of this survey. It was quiet for the next half an hour, where a dolphin was then seen foraging near the cardinal marker. This dolphin was then joined by a mother and calf paring before they moved west at the end of the survey. An Atlantic grey seal was seen again during the last fifteen minutes bottling and swimming near the harbour wall.