25/07/14: Bottlenose Dolphins, and Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time: 10:10
Weather conditions: Sea State 0-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near Birds Rock. Later on two bottlenose dolphins were seen near Ynys Lochtyn, where they were seen foraging and travelling North East. At Cwmtydu two Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled out, one male and one female.

2hr survey. Start time: 14:20
Weather conditions: Sea State 2-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water offshore from Cwmtydu. Later on three female Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water close to Ynys Lochtyn. A further three Atlantic grey seals were seen near Cwmtydu, two in the water and one female hauled out.

2hr survey. Start time: 14:20
Weather conditions: Sea State 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Atlantic grey seals

Halfway through the survey two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water between Cwmtydu and Ynys Lochtyn, one being female.

4hr survey. Start time: 14:20
Weather conditions: Sea State 0-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Twenty six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

An hour into the survey five Bottlenose dolphins were seen offshore from Ynys Lochtyn.  They were foraging with Manx Shearwaters and Gannets seen flying around the animals. These dolphins were then joined by another twelve dolphins to form one large group. A range of behaviours was displayed, including tail slapping, slow travel, close contact and leaping. The pod included four calves. Shortly after the encounter another group of four bottlenose dolphins were seen, again displaying behaviours including leaping, close contact, fast travel and tail slapping. Another group of five dolphins (three adults and two calves) were seen, potentially the same animals from the first encounter. These animals showed similar behaviour seen in the previous encounters. Finally, an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water offshore from Ynys Lochtyn.