6/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state: 1, wind: SE/SSE/SW
Ten bottlenose dolphins

The bottlenose dolphins stayed in sight for the duration of the survey, travelling around the harbour and foraging at depth and leaping out of the water. There were ten dolphins, including two calves, seen 15 minutes into the survey and these gradually dispersed throughout the survey until there were five dolphins left in the harbour foraging at depth at the end of the survey.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny - Fair, sea state: 1, wind: S-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

During the beginning of the survey there were six bottlenose dolphins foraging at depth across the harbour, including three calves. These were then joined by another dolphin travelling into the harbour from the fish factory. At the end of the survey there were four dolphins, including two calves, gathered at the cardinal buoy seen to be leaping and foraging at depth. A grey seal was also seen swimming close to the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state: 0-1, wind: SW-S
Nine bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging next to the cardinal buoy, these were later joined by a mother and calf. After an hour into the survey, three dolphins including a calf were seen leaping out of the water east of the fish factory and an Atlantic grey seal was also spotted next to the harbour wall. During the last 15 minutes of the survey, four dolphins were seen milling at the surface by the cardinal buoy and two more dolphins were seen travelling east across the harbour from the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair-Overcast, sea state: 1, wind: SE-S
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Eight bottlenose dolphins were seen at the beginning of the survey, four foraging at depth close to the cardinal buoy and four further out travelling east across the harbour. These gradually dispersed again, travelling west towards the fish factory and leaping out of the water. No further dolphins were spotted for the next hour and 15 minutes however a female Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming by the harbour wall.