29/05/2016: 9 Bottlenose Dolphins & 4 Atlantic Grey Seals

 

2hr survey. Start time 10:50
Weather condition: no rain, sea state: 1, visibility >10km, light swell
1 Atlantic grey seal & 5 bottlenose dolphins 

Shortly after the boat survey began, the boat passed a number of bird colonies nesting along the coastline and many sea birds were sighted including kittiwakes, mixed gull species and razorbills.
One Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water nearby the bird colonies.

During the second hour of the survey, five bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were sighted between 200-300 metres away from the boat and were observed foraging and leaping out of the water.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:15
Weather condition: no rain, sea state: 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell
1 Atlantic grey seal & 4 bottlenose dolphins

After half an hour of the survey beginning, an Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water around 75 metres away from the boat. A cormorant was also observed feeding nearby.

Mid-way through the survey, four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen around 800 metres away from the boat and they displayed tail-slapping and leaping behaviours. The mother and calf then approached the survey boat and were seen bow-riding with the boat.

 

2hr survey. Start time 12:51
Weather condition: no rain, sea state: 1, visibility >10km, light swell
1 Atlantic grey seal

During this survey no cetaceans were sighted however; one Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water close to the boat about mid-way through the survey period.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:29
Weather condition: no rain, sea state: 1/2, visibility 1-10km, light swell
1 Atlantic grey seal

No cetaceans were sighted during this boat survey however; one Atlantic grey seal was observed in the water around 75 metres away from the boat after passing the bird colonies along the coastline. Numerous bird species were seen during the survey including herring gulls, guillemots, kittiwakes, shags, fulmars, great black-backed gulls, razorbills, cormorants, gannets far out to sea and a red kite circling above the coastline.