23/06/16: 20 Atlantic grey seals and one Oceanic sunfish

2hr survey. Start time 10:49
Weather conditions: sea state 3-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven Atlantic grey seals

Shortly after the beginning of the survey 3 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, one bull and two females. A further 4 seals were seen individually throughout the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, medium swell
Nine Atlantic grey seals

Two bull seals were seen in the water towards the start of the survey. Later a female was seen in the water and two females were seen hauled out on a rock. Four seals (two of which were female) were also spotted together in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 14:54
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light-medium swell
Four Atlantic Grey seals and one Oceanic sunfish.

As well as several grey seals a highly unusual sighting was made of an Oceanic sunfish. The heaviest bony fish in the world, they can reach sizes of 3m, although the one spotted was about 1m in size which is more typical in this part of the world. The individual was observed was “basking” at the surface which is thought to be done to warm up after deep dives (they can feed at depths of >500m) and to present themselves for parasite removal by gulls.