25/10/11: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 9:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/fair/sunny, sea state 2, Wind S-SE

No sightings

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, Wind S

No sightings

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, Wind S
Eleven bottlenose dolphins including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were sighted in the first quarter of the survey between the harbour wall and the fish factory. They were seen taking long dives, travelling with forward leaps or mingling at the surface with leaps, tail slaps and lunges. In the second quarter of the survey dolphins were seen near the cardinal buoy and just north of the harbour wall and were sighted taking long dives. In the second half of the survey dolphins were mainly sighted near the fish factory displaying a range of behaviours such as taking long dives, travelling with regular surfacing, mingling at the surface with leaps, tail slaps and lunges, and chasing prey at the surface. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen approximately 100m north of the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast/dull, sea state 2, Wind S
Nine bottlenose dolphins including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted throughout the survey. In the first half of the survey dolphins were seen near the fish factory and north-west of the cardinal buoy. They were mostly seen to be taking long dives or travelling while taking long dives and some were mingling at the surface with leaps, tail slaps and lunges. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen north of the middle of the harbour wall. In the second half of the survey dolphins were sighted between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. At first they were seen chasing prey at the surface and taking long dives, after which the dolphins were seen travelling while taking long dives west towards the fish factory.