26/05/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins and Atlantic Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction No wind

One Bottlenose Dolphin

 

Almost at the beginning of the survey (around 07:15 AM), one bottlenose dolphin was seen around the buoy in front of the fish factory. The individual stayed there for 15 minutes and was thought to be foraging at depth. During the survey a variety of bird species were seen including: Cormorants, Oyster catcher and Gulls.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction N

Ten Bottlenose Dolphins

 

Midday through the survey one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging around fish factory area. It was the same individual of the previous survey. Another dolphin enjoyed to it the next 15 minutes. Both of them stayed in the same area foraging at the depth. A big group of bottlenose dolphins (8 individuals plus one calf) came into the survey area the last 15 minutes, they were seen travelling toward East.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction NE-NW-no wind

Six Bottlenose Dolphins

 

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging in the area between the fish factory and the Cardinal buoy. The bigger group was composed by 3 individuals and the other was composed by a single individual. All the individuals was seen in the previous survey. The groups were splitting the next 15 minutes. Four individuals were sighting foraging at depth beyond the buoy zone, close to the boundary of the survey area. Meanwhile, a single individual was foraging at depth near the Cardinal buoy, a little far from a juvenile bottlenose dolphin that foraging in the same area.

A juvenile bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at depth around the Cardinal buoy the next 15 minutes.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NE-NW-N

No Sightings

 

No sightings

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-N

One Atlantic Gray Seal

 

Midday through the survey one Atlantic Gray Seal was seen bottling around the fish factory for 15 minutes. During the survey a variety of bird species were seen including Herring gulls, Rock pipits, Jackdaws, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Greater black-backed gulls, Shag and Guillemot.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE-N

One Atlantic Gray Seal

 

Nearly the start to the survey, a Atlantic Gray Seal was seen between the two lines of buoys that delimited the fish factory zone. During the survey a variety of bird species were seen including Herring gulls, Jackdaws, Cormorants, Rock pipits, Shags, Guillemot and two Gannets dove.