27/09/13 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state1-2, wind NE-SE
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall for the first hour of the survey. It then left the area and then there were no other sightings.

2 hour survey, start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state1-2, wind NE-SE
Three Bottlenose dolphins

In the last 45 minutes of the survey, one bottlenose dolphin entered the survey area and was thought to be foraging near the fish factory and later seen fast circling and leaping at the surface. In 30 minutes later, 2 more bottlenose dolphins entered the area and appeared to be foraging near the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind SE
Eleven Bottlenose dolphins including three calves and one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were seen fast circling, leaping and lunging at the surface. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen near the harbour wall. 15 minutes later, 2 dolphins from the group were seen making determined progress, travelling west out of the survey area by the fish factory. For the next 45 minutes, there were no sightings. Afterwards, one bottlenose dolphin appeared to be foraging near the harbour wall, along with a mother and a calf that were about half way between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. Later, another mother and calf were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy and another dolphin joined the dolphin that had been foraging alone. The six dolphins, including two calves later formed one group, and they were seen travelling north from the cardinal buoy while appearing to search for prey at the end of the survey.

2 hour survey, start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Overcast, sea state 1, wind NW
Three Bottlenose dolphins including one calf

At the start of the survey, a mother and calf appeared to be foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory for the first 30 minutes of the survey. Shortly afterwards, the mother and calf were seen travelling north while appearing to search for prey, while one more bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling, making consistent progress westwards towards the fish factory out of the survey area. The mother and calf were then seen foraging at the cardinal buoy for the next 30 minutes and then were not seen for the rest of the survey.