7/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state: 1-2, wind: S/SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were present and foraging around the Cardinal Buoy during the first part of the 2 hour survey, before travelling inshore close to the harbour wall. There was a total of nine dolphins with two being calves; all splashing and leaping within the harbour area. The dolphins remained in the area throughout the survey, regularly travelling between the harbour wall and the Cardinal Buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state: 1-2, wind: S/SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

By the second survey of the day, the dolphin numbers appeared to have reduced with only three dolphins being seen foraging around the Cardinal Buoy. However, within half an hour, these dolphins were joined by several more in the harbour area, including a calf. Similarly to the first land survey, these dolphins then remained within the survey area; travelling between the harbour wall, the fish factory and the Cardinal Buoy with a big display of leaps and splashes.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state: 1, wind: SE
Eleven bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins remained within the survey area throughout the third survey of the day. A total of eleven dolphins, with two being calves, were spread out between the fish factory and Cardinal Buoy. Much of the time these dolphins appeared to be milling around and foraging, but there were also some big leaps and a lot of splashing.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state: 1, wind: S/SE
Five bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

Five bottlenose dolphins, with one being a calf, were spotted during the final two hour land survey of the day. The dolphins were split between the Cardinal Buoy area and the fish factory. Mid-way through the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water at the end of the harbour wall. Shortly after the seal disappearing under the water, two adult dolphins and a calf travelled right in close to the harbour wall splashing and leaping before heading East; leaving the survey area.