2/10/12: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey; start time 09:00
Weather conditions; Fair/sunny/overcast/dull/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW
14 Bottlenose dolphins

During the first hour of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory. During the second half of the survey a mother and its calf were spotted travelling past the harbour wall towards the cardinal buoy. Two more dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy and another mother and its calf were also spotted near the harbour wall. The dolphins were seen travelling and staying with some leaping and playing. At the end of the survey one mother and calf were still in sight and there were also two by the cardinal buoy, there was also two travelling towards the cardinal buoy from the harbour wall and there was one dolphin travelling south of the harbour wall.

2hr survey; start time 11:00
Weather conditions; Rain/mist/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S
11 Bottlenose dolphins

Eleven bottlenose dolphins were observed in the first half hour of the survey, including two mothers and two calves. The dolphins were seen travelling with regular surfacing and were also thought to be foraging at depth. By the beginning of the second half of the survey only three dolphins were spotted and they were thought to be foraging at depth.  They were joined at the end of the survey by one other dolphin and they were seen travelling past the harbour wall.

2hr survey; start time 13:00
Weather conditions; Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Eight Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a mother and its calf were seen travelling near the cardinal buoy. They were then joined by two other dolphins who were seen leaping. They were then joined by four other dolphins and they were seen travelling in a group of eight towards the fish factory. No more dolphins were seen during the second half of the survey. One Atlantic grey seal was spotted by the harbour wall half way through the survey.

2hr survey; start time 15:00
Weather conditions; Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW

No sightings