8hr survey. Start time: 09:50
Weather conditions: sea state 0-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Sixty-eight bottlenose dolphins and twenty-nine Atlantic grey seals
The first sighting of this trip came 45 minutes into this trip. This sighting was a group of 24 bottlenose dolphins that were travelling south east as well as socialising, leaping and bow riding. The group was made up of 14 adult dolphins, 7 juveniles and 3 calves. Then an hour later we spotted a group of 2 dolphins travelling east. Then 45 minutes later another large group of dolphins was spotted and was made up of 15 adults and 3 calves and these were seen socialising, resting and feeding. After another hour there was yet another dolphin and this was an adult. Then 15 minutes later two more dolphins (a mother and a calf) were seen foraging near Mwnt. Then after another 15 minutes another mother and calf were seen travelling north east. 25 minutes after this sighting we had our first sighting of an Atlantic grey seal which was spotted in the water 800m from the boat. Then after a minute another adult grey seal was spotted in the water. Then 10 minutes later we saw another adult grey seal in the water and this individual was a male. Then over the next half an hour we saw a total of 23 Atlantic grey seals with seven of these being in the water. Six of these were female and one was male. 16 seals were also hauled out near the seven seals in the water. Then five minutes after the seals we saw a group of five bottlenose dolphins 120m from the boat. Then 10 minutes after this, another Atlantic grey seal was spotted 100m from the boat in the water. Then after another 20 minutes two more bottlenose dolphins were spotted, quickly followed 10 minutes later by another Atlantic grey seal in the water. At around four o’clock a group of two adult dolphins were seen, and then another adult grey seal was spotted five minutes later in the water. We had no more sightings for slightly over an hour until two more bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging and 10 minutes later a group of eight bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling north east, leaping and socialising and this group was made up of six adults and two new-borns. No more dolphins were then seen for the remaining 50 minutes of the survey.