30/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 12:56
Weather conditions: sea state 1-2, visibility >10km, light swell
9 Bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

The first sighting was a female Atlantic grey seal hauled out on the rocks between the fish factory and Bird’s Rock. A group of 9 bottlenose dolphins (including 1 calf) was then seen half an hour later offshore from Ynys Lochtyn, displaying a range of behaviour including leaping, fast swimming, socialising, physical contact and vocalising under the boat. Just 5 minutes after spotting the dolphins, an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water 5 metres in front of the boat.