26/08/2017: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 6 Atlantic grey seals

 

1.5hr hour survey, start time 10:00

Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10, light swell

3 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

 

The first sighting of this survey occurred just at the start of the trip. Three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were spotted. They were foraging and travelling in a north-easterly direction. A gannet was circling above them. Just a little bit later two Atlantic grey seals were seen around bird’s rock. The male seal was swimming in the water whereas the female seal was hauled out on a rock. And just before the end of the trip another male Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.

 

2hr hour survey, start time 12:21

Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10, light swell

1 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

 

Right at the start of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in the water quite close to the boat. Around half an hour later a bottlenose dolphin was lunging out of the water and two gannets were circling over the water.

 

2hr hour survey, start time 14:20

Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility >10, light swell

6 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seal

 

Two foraging Gannets were leading to the first sighting of this survey. An adult and a juvenile bottlenose dolphin were foraging under the birds. Just a little bit later two more dolphins were seen travelling north-westwards. And again only 4 minutes later two dolphins were leaping and foraging quite close to the boat. Two gannets were associating with these animals as well.

After this two separate sightings of male Atlantic grey seals swimming in the water followed and ended the survey.