26/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind SW-S
Eight bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, one Atlantic grey seal

In the first half hour, one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall before four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, came from the fish factory travelling towards the east surfacing regularly. In the second half hour of the survey up to eight bottlenose dolphins, including two calves were seen. At first they were mostly around the cardinal buoy foraging, whilst two were leaping and mingling further out, closer to the fish factory. Soon after, they all headed back towards the fish factory during which time three dolphins, including one calf, were chasing fish at the surface. The only sighting for the remainder of the survey period was one Atlantic grey seal.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind SW

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 1-2, wind SE-SW

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind SW-SE
Five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, one Atlantic grey seal

After the first half hour, five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen briefly as they headed north east towards the fish factory, taking long dives as they did so. Towards the end of the first hour, one Atlantic grey seal appeared in the water close to the fish factory.