22/05/14: Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain, wind N/NE, sea state 2/1
Three Bottlenose Dolphins and one Harbour Porpoise

Halfway into the survey three Bottlenose Dolphins were spotted far out beyond the headland thought to be foraging at depth. A Harbour Porpoise was spotted around the same time as the Dolphins travelling west fast in front of the Harbour Wall. The pod of Dolphins were then seen to split up and proceeded to chase the Porpoise towards Dolau Beach. The Porpoise became stranded on Dolau Beach and was rescued by our volunteers then once returned to the sea it quickly disappeared. The Dolphins stayed in the area travelling and diving at depth between the Harbour Wall and the Fish Factory for the rest of the Survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain and mist causing low visibility, wind E/NE/NNE, sea state 1 to 2 then changed to 3

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast and Rain, wind NNE/NE, sea state 3 then changed to 4
Two Atlantic Grey Seals

Towards the end of the survey male and female Atlantic Grey Seals were seen briefly in front of the Harbour Wall in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast and Rain, wind NNE/NE changing to SE/S, sea state 4/3
Eleven Bottlenose Dolphins

At the start of the survey one Bottlenose Dolphin was spotted foraging at depth by the Fish Factory, a mother and calf were travelling east away from the Fish Factory and two other Dolphins were travelling south towards the Harbour Wall. The Dolphins proceeded to travel and forage in the area between the Harbour Wall and the Fish Factory for about an hour before dispersing. Then a pod of four Dolphins was seen foraging east of the Fish Factory and two Dolphins were seen foraging near the Cardinal Buoy. At the end of the survey all six Dolphins were seen foraging east of the Fish Factory.