24/10/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seal
2hr survey. Start time 09:00 – cancelled due to bad weather – bottlenose dolphins present
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal
From the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker. The pair moved towards the harbour wall to continue foraging and about half an hour in was joined by another pair of bottlenose dolphins. All four individuals disappeared before the middle of the survey period. In the second half of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water in front of the harbour hall.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00 – cancelled due to bad weather
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: dull-overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals
From the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the headland. The pair stayed for about forty-five minutes before disappearing. About half an hour into the survey, a female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water in front of the harbour wall and over the next hour moved along the wall and into the harbour. In the second hour of the survey, a second female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water in front of the harbour wall. Both seals disappeared half an hour before the end of the survey and three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling fast towards the headland from offshore, staying in the area until the end of the survey.