23/10/2015: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

23/10/2015: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast, sea state 1-0, wind direction SE-SW
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were seen at the end of the survey period in front of the harbour wall swimming in the direction of the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Rain, sea state 1, wind direction S-SE
5 bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near to the cardinal marker taking long dives which indicate foraging. While one dolphin was seen foraging parallel to the cardinal marker in front of the harbour wall foraging. During the last half of the survey 3 individual dolphins were sighted near to the fish factory thought to be foraging with one individual chasing prey at the surface. One individual soon disappeared and 2 individuals were continuing to forage for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

During the first minute of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins surfaced briefly near to the fish factory before disappearing for the remainder of the survey. A female Atlantic grey seal was sighted in front of the harbour wall during the first 15 minutes. Another female reappeared at the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – Dull, sea state 2-1, wind direction SE-S
10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

The last survey of the day saw 10 bottlenose dolphins. At the beginning of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted for 45 minutes in front of the harbour wall. 8 bottlenose dolphins appeared to be socialising near to the fish factory before travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker while two bottlenose dolphins that appeared in front of the harbour wall travelled towards the reef. In the last 15 minutes 10 bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging along Llanina reef.