2hr survey, start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light to medium swell
10 Bottlenose Dolphins and Four Atlantic Grey Seals
Early on in the survey there was a first sighting of one bottlenose dolphin foraging in the harbour. This was followed a few minutes later by two animals, a mother and calf, which were also looking for food about 100 metres from the front of Sulaire. Half an hour later there was a hauled out male grey seal and then another two males were spotted bottling shortly after. Towards the end of the survey there were another three sightings- one grey seal was seen in the water and then a group of six bottlenose dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen displaying foraging behaviour with lots of leaping and tail slapping. The final sighting was a another solitary bottlenose feeding in the harbour.
2hr survey, start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
Five bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals
This survey started with an immediate sighting of three leaping bottlenose dolphins which were first sighted approximately 200 metres from Sulaire as the survey headed out. Shortly after another dolphin was seen tail slapping close in to the boat and 10 minutes after that two bottling grey seals were also seen. There was then a fairly long period without sightings until the boat returned to the harbour when another bottlenose dolphin was seen milling at the surface of the water.