22/06/15 Six Bottlenose Dolphins and One Atlantic Grey Seal

2hr survey: Start time 7:00
Weather conditions: overcast or fair, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One Bottlenose Dolphin

There were no sightings for the majority of this survey, but during the last half hour one bottlenose dolphin was spotted far north of the harbour wall, further away than the fish factory. The individual was doing longer dives. It was likely hunting as there was a gannet circling overhead.

2hr survey: start time 9:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey three bottlenose dolphins were spotted hunting and leaping just beyond the fish factory with many gannets flying above them. The individuals headed further out to sea but momentarily looked like they would come into the harbour. They ended up heading several kilometres out but we were still able to track them in the slightly rough sea because of the gannets that remained above them.

2hr survey: start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny or overcast, sea state 3, wind direction NW
No sightings

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey: start time 13:00
Weather conditions: varied from overcast to sunny, sea state 4-3, wind direction NW
No sightings

There were no sightings during this survey.

2hr survey: start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey a male Atlantic grey seal was spotted just north of the harbour wall bottling in the water. It dived down several times and then continued displaying the same behaviour, staying for around 30 minutes in total. No other mammals were seen.

2hr survey: start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NW-NNW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Approximately half way through the survey two bottlenose dolphins showed up at the fish factory doing longer dives, possibly hunting. The pair then moved across the harbour towards the cardinal buoy where they split up and remained until the survey finished.