21/04/15: 6 Bottlenose Dolphins and an Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey.Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E to no wind
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic Grey Seal

At the start of the survey 3 bottlenose dolphins were seen out towards the cardinal buoy diving for long periods and were thought to be foraging. An additional two bottlenose dolphins including a calf were then seen north of the harbour wall heading east. These 5 bottlenose then moved west towards the harbour wall, an Atlantic Grey Seal was also seen in this area. The dolphins then moved back towards the area surrounding the cardinal buoy. Throughout the survey they exhibited a range of behaviour including foraging on the move, milling at the surface and leaping and jumping.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction E
6 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey two of the bottlenose were seen one milling just east of the harbour the wall the other one north of the wall thought to be foraging on the move travelling east. 3 dolphins including one calf were then seen around the cardinal buoy for the rest of the survey shallowing diving and regularly surfacing. These dolphins were thought to be the same group seen in the previous survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SE becoming NW
6 Bottlenose dolphins

The 5 bottlenose dolphins were also seen during this survey and an additional bottlenose was also counted. Throughout the survey they remained around the cardinal buoy area mainly in 2 groups one of 4 including a calf and one of 2. They were taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth and some were seen leaping out of the water and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NE becoming no wind
6 bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey the 6 bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were still spotted around the cardinal buoy area diving at depth. For the rest of the survey there were no sightings