21/07/2016: 19 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair/overcast, wind direction: S, sea state: 1/ 2
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen separately offshore, one taking long dives whilst the other moving faster. By the end of the survey they had joined together and were both staying just offshore of the harbour wall, taking long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/rain, wind direction: SW/W/NW sea state: 1/ 2
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen foraging offshore. Four more were seen leaping at the cardinal buoy and three were seen leaping around the headland. Later a total of eleven were seen in the bay with three calves seen foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/Mist/Overcast, wind direction: SW sea state: 1
Twelve bottlenose dolphins

Two groups of dolphins were seen offshore, including three calves. Dolphins were observed head slapping, leaping and foraging. Later the groups split and were seen travelling, in northerly and westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Mist/Overcast, wind direction: SW sea state: 1
Eight bottlenose dolphins

During the first half of the survey six dolphins including one calf were seen foraging and leaping near the cardinal buoy, and two were also seen foraging off the headland. Later an adult and calf were seen travelling to the east, with one other dolphin remaining near the cardinal buoy to forage.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, wind direction: SW sea state: 1
Eight bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic Grey Seal

Two dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall, as well as three seen leaping at the cardinal buoy. Later the five were seen travelling in an easterly direction, before an adult and calf were seen foraging close to the harbour wall. One grey seal was seen swimming from the headland towards the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Fair/Sunny, wind direction: S/SW sea state: 1
Six bottlenose dolphins

The same dolphins previously seen were observed in three groups. Four were seen in one group travelling offshore, including one calf, which later on foraged near the headland. Diving gannets were seen around the dolphins as they foraged.