30/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S

Dolphins were spotted during the second half of the survey travelling across the bay from the headland to the cardinal marker where they remained until the end of the survey. In the last half hour of the survey another group of four dolphins including a calf was seen travelling over from the headland and an individual dolphin leaping past the cardinal marker. During the first half of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in the water just in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SE

The group of two dolphins from the previous survey continued to forage around the cardinal marker for the first half of this survey before being joined by several other groups of dolphins including the group of four from 7am survey. A group of three dolphins continued to split and merge back together up until the last 30 minutes of the survey displaying foraging and leaping behaviours. A mother and calf group was also spotted using the area, foraging off the cardinal marker before joining up with an individual dolphin and heading in a westwards direction.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW

One adult and one juvenile bottlenose dolphins were foraging for the majority of the survey close to the cardinal marker before disappearing close to the at around 12:40. No other sightings occurred during the survey possibly due to close-set sea fog accompanying heavy rains.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Survey abandoned due to weather.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2, wind direction NW

A group of four bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling East and hour and fifteen minutes into the survey, the group consisted of three adults and one juvenile. The group then split as they came closer to the harbour wall, so that in the next fifteen minutes only two of the group were spotted mingling at the surface, in the final fifteen minutes an extra dolphin joined the pair close to the wall and close by to them a female Atlantic Grey Seal was also spotted bottling further out from the wall.