22/06/2016: Twenty bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 0-1, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed taking long dives between headland and cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth. They later moved towards the headland and were seen throughout most of the survey period taking long dives or displaying splashy behaviour. One further bottlenose dolphin was briefly seen by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/fair, sea state 1, wind direction NW-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

Early in the survey period four bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were seen travelling into the survey area. They stayed in the vicinity of the cardinal marker and were seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. A single bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling and diving near the harbour wall at the same time. Two further dolphins were soon seen off the headland displaying splashy behaviour such as leaping and tail slapping. Most of the dolphins remained in the survey area until the end of the survey, taking long dives near the cardinal marker and further off in the bay. Two of the bottlenose dolphins were also observed travelling between headland and cardinal marker towards the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W/NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout this survey. Two of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey remained by the cardinal marker and were seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. They were later seen leaping between cardinal marker and headland and travelling close to the harbour wall. They were later joined by two further bottlenose dolphins and again seen leaping and splashing between cardinal marker and headland. In the second half of the survey again up to four bottlenose dolphins were seen taking long dives by the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey two bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey were seen taking long dives by the cardinal marker. After an interval of no sightings, six bottlenose dolphins including two calves and one juvenile were seen travelling across the bay. For the remainder of the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and splashing and then travelling across the bay between headland and cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction W-N
Five bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the last survey period one Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water of the headland. Shortly afterwards, four bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling, foraging, and socialising by the headland. One bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling close to the harbour wall and then travelling between harbour wall and cardinal marker, before travelling off to the headland. Later two of the bottlenose dolphins were seen taking long dives by the headland. One of them remained for a further half hour before disappearing in the second half of the survey.