20/07/15 Two Grey Seals

21 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/07/15 Two Grey Seals

2hr survey. Start time 11:47
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Two Grey Seals

At one o’clock a grey seal was sighted in the water in front of a cave. 30 minutes later another grey seal was sighted in the water briefly. No further sightings for the remainder of the survey.

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20/07/2015 No sightings

21 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/07/2015 No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Rain with sunny intervals, sea state 3, wind direction S.

No Sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair-sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction S.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2 hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Fair turning to overcast with showers, sea state 1, wind direction W.

No sightings.

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19/07/15 Four Bottlenose Dolphins, One Harbour Porpoise and Nine Atlantic Grey Seals

20 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

4hr survey. Start time 13:30
Weather conditions: sea state 3-5, visibility >10km, light swell
Four Bottlenose Dolphins, One Harbour Porpoise and Nine Atlantic Grey Seals

This survey started off with a lot of bird activity with a kestrel, gannets, and a variety of gulls seen on leaving the harbour. The first sighting was about 45 minutes into the survey when two female grey seals were seen in the water 50 metres from the boat. Shortly afterwards another four seals including one male were also seen staying in the water at a similar distance. The next three sightings were all of solitary grey seals displaying the same behaviour of staying motionless in the water. At around 4pm, a group of two juvenile bottlenose dolphins were spotted, and the animals approached the boat and began riding the bow wave. There were also several gannets and lots of Manx shearwaters in the area suggesting that there was a good food supply in the area. The next marine mammal sighting was of a solitary harbour porpoise travelling west. The porpoise was quite close to the boat- only 40 metres which gave us an unusually close look at the animal. The next and final sighting was another group of two bottlenose dolphins which were travelling a couple of hundred metres from the boat and some tail slapping was also seen.

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19/07/2015 11 Bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

20 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction NW.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W/SW.
One grey seal

Just over half an hour into this survey a solitary grey seal was seen north of the harbour wall. There were no other sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW turning S
Five bottlenose dolphins

The survey started off quietly, but in the last half hour two groups of bottlenose dolphins moved into the harbour. Two animals were first sighted close to the end of the pier travelling east. These animals moved right into the harbour towards the lifeboat pier. Another group was seen at about the same time at the fish factory with one juvenile and two adults. They started off deep diving possibly hunting at the headland. The group later changed behaviours to energetic leaping and lunging.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W
Six bottlenose dolphins

The five dolphins from the previous survey remained in the harbour into the 3pm watch. The three animals at the fish factory moved to the end of the harbour wall while the group of two were seen diving in amongst the moored boats. The groups then split and only one individual from each group remained- one was travelling North West back towards the fish factory and the other moved to the cardinal marker where it continued to dive. After this another individual was seen at the fish factory milling for a little while before heading back out of view. Some of the animals from that were seen earlier on then re-joined the remaining individuals so that by the time the survey ended there were five dolphins milling north of the wall.

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18/07/2015 13 Bottlenose Dolphins and Five Atlantic Grey Seals

19 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny to overcast, sea state 1 increasing to 3, wind direction SE-S
Five bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

The survey started off quietly with no sightings for the first half hour. After this a grey seal was spotted right by the harbour wall, and another was seen about half an hour afterwards further out north of the wall. After this dolphins moved into the harbour- one individual was sighted close to the harbour wall deep diving and possibly foraging, and another was further off the about 400 metres away from the pier. After this another two animals were seen close to the cardinal mark, and in the last 15 minutes another dolphin was seen also close to the cardinal mark.

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW-W
Eight bottlenose dolphins and one grey seal

Three of the bottlenose dolphins from the last survey were seen at the beginning of the 9am watch, milling over towards the cardinal marker, and a grey seal was also seen very close to the wall. Another individual was then spotted at the end of the pier and the group of three split up, one of them began leaping. Then another two dolphins were spotted, creating a group of five off the harbour wall, with another individual still over by the reef. Another two bottlenose dolphins were seen in the distance beyond the cardinal buoy but only briefly, and the remaining animals in the harbour dispersed and left before the end of the survey. In total eight dolphins were seen.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W

There were no sea mammal sightings during this survey, however there was some interesting bird behaviour recorded, as a bird of prey was seen clutching a bird and being chased by two herring gulls.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW-SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time  15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW-S
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two seals were seen during this survey about half an hour apart. One was seen north of the harbour wall, and the second, which was a male, was seen travelling into the harbour from the fish factory until it dived.

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17/07/15: Nine bottlenose dolphins

18 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW turning SW.

Two bottlenose dolphins including one juvenile were sighed from the beginning of the survey just off the harbour wall while one bottlenose dolphin was sighted shallow diving near the fish factory. After fifteen minutes another bottlenose dolphin was sighted near the cardinal marker shallow diving but was only seen for a short period before disappearing. Three additional bottlenose dolphins were sighted at a distance travelling east and were sighted for 30 minutes. In the second half of the survey there were no sightings.

2 hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2 hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny with overcast spells, sea state 2, wind direction S.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW.

No sightings.

2 hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW.

In the last 15 minutes of the survey two bottlenose dolphins surfaced briefly a few minutes apart and then disappeared.

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16/07/2015 17 Atlantic grey seals, one harbour porpoise and 2 bottlenose dolphins

17 July 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time: 10.16
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Six Atlantic grey seals

In the middle of the survey one adult Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling. Then about half an hour later a two adult female grey seals were seen swimming with 1 juvenile male. Then soon after this 2 adult grey seals were spotted hauled out.

2hr survey. Start time: 12.23
Weather conditions: sea state varied between 0 and 3, visibility >10km, light swell
11 Atlantic grey seals, one harbour porpoise, and two bottlenose dolphins.

At one o’clock a grey seal was seen bottling then 5 minutes later another was seen in the water. Then soon after this a harbour porpoise was seen foraging. Within the next half hour 10 adults grey seals were seen. Two adults were seen in the water bottling, one was seen scanning, two were then seen hunting, two were seen in the water and finally three were seen together consisting of two females in the water and a male hunting. Finally just before the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen tail-slapping, logging and milling.

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16/07/2015: 11 bottlenose dolphins

17 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 7:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction mainly S.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 9:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny turning fair, sea state 1, wind direction S turning SE.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny turning fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE turning S.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S.

6 bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging near the fish factory at the beginning of the land survey. Upon a close boat encounter, the group split up, and 3 of these dolphins started moving east. At the same time, a new group of 3 bottlenose dolphins was spotted slightly closer to the harbour wall. About 45 min into the survey, the original group of 6 dolphins temporarily disappeared, but two new dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy for approximately 30 min. During the remainder of the land survey, all groups eventually started moving back towards the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction S.

2 bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at the fish factory for approximately 45 min, before they disappeared.

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15/07/2015: 1 Bottlenose Dolphin.

16 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

15/07/2015: 1 Bottlenose Dolphin.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N.

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N.

No Sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction N.

No Sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction N.
One bottlenose dolphin.

A bottlenose dolphin was sighted in the second half of the survey period leaping briefly near the fish factory before disappearing for the remainder of the survey.

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14/07/2015 Four bottlenose Dolphins

15 July 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rainy or overcast, sea state 2, wind direction N-NW
2 Bottlenose Dolphins

At the beginning of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were milling around at the surface near the cardinal buoy. After approximately half an hour they split and one of them started to do long dives, suspected to be foraging at depth. Halfway throughout this survey they were seen travelling independently in a westwards direction before they disappeared from view north of the wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW
Two Bottlenose dolphins

Right at the start two bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen doing long dives near the cardinal buoy. After approximately fifteen minutes they were seen travelling in a southerly direction before they disappeared from view, where after no other sightings were recorded.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sun & showers and rainy, sea state 2-1, wind direction SE-N

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, rainy and mist, sea state 2, wind direction NW-W

No sightings.

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