22/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain/Overcast, sea state 1, wind S
Eight Bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey with seven dolphins including one calf foraging in different areas of the bay.  They were generally separated as individuals or in pairs. After half an hour most of the dolphins appeared to congregate around the cardinal buoy where they persisted for the remainder of the survey. For the majority of this time they appeared to be foraging at depth, however tail slapping and leaping behaviours were also observed.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast and fair, sea state 1, wind SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were first seen close to the cardinal buoy thought to be foraging at depth, these four individuals appeared to remain in this area for around an hour before travelling to in front of the harbour wall where they were joined by a further four dolphins. The mother and calf along with one other individual were soon after seem leaping and tail slapping by the fish factory. The remaining dolphins spent the rest of the survey either foraging at depth or travelling east.

2 hour survey, start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair/rain, sea state 1, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Five dolphins including two calves were seen foraging and leaping close the cardinal buoy. These were soon after joined by one individual after this all six dolphins appeared to travel east were not seen for the remainder of the survey. One Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall towards the end of this survey.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions Fair/rain. Sea state 1-2, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf

No dolphins were seen for the first hour of the survey, however four dolphins including one calf were then seen traveling east close to the fish factory. The mother and calf then stayed close to the harbour wall where they appeared to be foraging and three dolphins were spotted foraging and leaping close to the cardinal buoy.