31/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

31/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 4 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction S
Two bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted north of the harbour wall, one travelling north-east and the other foraging at depth. A lone female Atlantic grey seal was also seen in the water. The two dolphins foraged at depth for about 45 minutes before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW/SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth near the cardinal marker. A lone bottlenose dolphin was also seen in front of the harbour wall, milling about, and a group of seven bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west offshore. Half way through the survey, the group of seven were joined by two more individuals to mingle at the surface offshore, and two bottlenose dolphins were still present near the cardinal marker, foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE/S
One Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water in front of the harbour wall. The seal was seen in the same place up until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE/S
Four bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

The same Atlantic grey seal that had been in front of the harbour wall throughout the last survey was seen in the same area in the first fifteen minutes, swimming west, before heading further out from the harbour wall and swimming east before disappearing. About an hour into the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling with irregular surfacing east past the headland and into the survey area. Over the next half an hour of the survey, the two dolphins travelled across the bay and then changed direction to north-west and offshore. In the final half an hour of the survey, a lone male Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the headland, and two more bottlenose dolphins were seen milling about at the surface nearby.