8/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2 hour survey, start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sunny, fair, sea state: 2-3, wind: SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

For the first half hour of the survey period four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were observed between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory. They were mingling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping. One bottlenose dolphin was travelling in a north-west direction towards the cardinal buoy. The four dolphins joined the lone dolphin and began travelling in a north-west direction. A grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall three quarters of an hour into the survey. Towards the end of the first hour of the survey, another three dolphins including a calf were seen close to the harbour wall heading in an easterly direction, taking long dives. They remained close to the harbour wall milling at the surface whilst another three dolphins were seen heading from the harbour wall in the direction of the fish factory. In the next fifteen minute period, four dolphins including a calf were milling at the surface and an adult and calf were travelling from the cardinal buoy taking long dives. In the last half hour of the survey period, six bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were seen foraging close to the cardinal buoy whilst two bottlenose dolphins were seen heading from the fish factory in an easterly direction.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sunny, sea state: 2, wind: SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins

During the first half hour of the survey four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were seen heading towards the cardinal buoy from the west where they remained, appearing to be foraging. One bottlenose dolphin was heading southeast towards the harbour wall where three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were foraging. In the last fifteen minutes of the first hour, seven bottlenose dolphins including one calf were milling at the surface, leaping and tail slapping close to the cardinal buoy. During this time and for the remainder of the survey, an adult and a calf were foraging close to the harbour wall. In the last hour of the survey three bottlenose dolphins including one calf were foraging close to the cardinal buoy. During the last 15 minutes of the survey the adult and calf joined the other adult and calf foraging close to the harbour wall, whilst three bottlenose dolphins were leaping and mingling to the northeast of the cardinal buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sunny, fair, sea state: 2, wind: SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey seven bottlenose dolphins including two calves were seen. Three including one calf were foraging close to the cardinal buoy, two foraging close to the harbour wall and two were bow-riding a boat just east of the fish factory. After the first half hour, three bottlenose dolphins were seen heading towards the fish factory surfacing at regular intervals, whilst three bottlenose dolphins including one calf remained foraging close to the cardinal buoy. For the remainder of the survey only three bottlenose dolphins including one calf remained foraging close to the cardinal buoy. During the last hour of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall.

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

In the first half hour one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall. After half an hour seven bottlenose dolphins including two calves were observed. One was foraging alone, whilst an adult and a calf were also foraging alone. Another adult and calf were heading east, closely followed by a single adult heading in the same direction. Towards the end of the first hour of the survey four bottlenose dolphins were heading east from the direction of the fish factory, whilst two were heading in the opposite direction from the direction of the cardinal buoy. An adult and calf were foraging close to the cardinal buoy throughout most of the survey. At the beginning of the second hour four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were mingling and leaping between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory whilst two were heading west from the cardinal buoy. In the next fifteen minute period three bottlenose dolphins including a calf headed east towards the cardinal buoy taking long dives whilst a single bottlenose dolphin headed northeast from the cardinal buoy. During the first 15 minutes of the last half hour of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were sighted separately milling around either side of the cardinal buoy.