Sightings Update 4/09/19: Bottlenose dolphins; Atlantic grey seal

Survey Type:
Land Based Sightings
Date:
September 4, 2019
Surveys Conducted:
5

Survey Observations

Weather conditions: Overcast at first brightening later with sunny periods; sea state 3/4; wind direction W/SW

Two bottlenose dolphins were observed early during our 7am survey close to the harbour wall but they travelled quickly NW towards the headland.  Mid morning dolphins reappeared with a group of three being observed by our Living Seas Volunteers socialising and foraging just off the end of the harbour wall where they remained for over four hours.  One dolphin remained through our final survey  until just before 7pm.  The high winds also brought in some interesting birds with views of Arctic Skuas including one dark phase, multiple migrating sandwich terns and a sighting of a Sabine’s gull a rare vagrant.