25/05/13: Atlantic grey seals and Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey, Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind NW

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging towards the cardinal bouy at the start of the survey then left the survey area. Half way through the survey two, then three dolphins returned to the survey area and were travelling, surfacing at regular intervals

2hr survey, Start time 11.00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind NW

A group of two and a group of three bottlenose dolphins joined and moved further away from the harbour wall where they were fast circling at the surface with leaps, tail slaps and lunges. They were being followed closely by a visitor passenger boat. These dolphins left the survey area after about 30 minutes and bottlenose dolphins were seen again towards the end of the survey, they were travelling and irregularly surfacing.

2hr survey, Start time 13.00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind NW

There were bottlenose dolphins present almost throughout the survey, their numbers varied from two to eight. Towards the start of the survey there was a mother and calf right by the harbour wall and others towards the cardinal buoy. They spend the majority of their time diving for a long time and surfacing irregularly, thought to be looking for food.

2hr survey, Start time 15.00
Weather Conditions: Fair or Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind N/NW

A single grey seal was seen towards the start of the survey.