14/08/2016: Eleven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seal

15 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction N-NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway into the survey period, four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker. There they were seen displaying splashy behaviour and leaping until the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Five bottlenose dolphins

Three of the bottlenose dolphins remained in the survey area and were seen foraging by the cardinal marker and travelling near the headland. After disappearing for a short while, two bottlenose dolphins were again seen near the cardinal marker, foraging and milling at the surface. Three further bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were later seen displaying splashy behaviour, mingling at the surface, foraging, chasing fish at the surface, and travelling between headland and cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, four adult bottlenose dolphins and one calf were seen foraging north of the cardinal marker, before leaving the survey area. About halfway into the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf, were seen foraging south of the cardinal marker. Later one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling across the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the first half of the survey. Two bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling north of the headland in a westerly direction. Later, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling and foraging north of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction N
Two Atlantic grey seals

At the beginning of the survey period, one Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming in the water near the headland. Half an hour later, a second Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming in an easterly direction north of the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE-NW

No sightings.

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13/08/2016: Four bottlenose dolphins, Two Atlantic grey seals

14 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings, Uncategorized

2hr survey, start time 12:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility <10km, light swell
One bottlenose dolphin

During the second hour of the trip, a lone seal was seen surfacing in the water near the rocks at the bottom of the cliffs. There were no other sightings.
2hr survey, start time 16:15
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility <10km, light swell
Four bottlenose dolphins, one Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen 150M from the boat. An hour into the survey, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water and at the end of the survey a further two bottlenose dolphins were seen feeding.

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13/08/2016: Thirteen bottlenose dolphins

14 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction W
Four bottlenose dolphins

During the first half of the survey, two lone bottlenose dolphins were seen and these later on joined with a further two dolphins to form a group of four. The group then split into two groups of two and were present for the remainder of the survey traveling east and showing foraging behaviour.

 

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

No sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Half an hour into the survey, a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen traveling east for half an hour. One of these individuals was then foraging. During the final half an hour of the survey, the group of two dolphins was seen foraging around the cardinal marker.

 

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a group of two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging, and were later seen around forty five minutes into the survey. After half an hour a lone bottlenose dolphin travelled SE towards the harbour wall and was present for the next hour of the survey. Another group of two dolphins were seen not far off the harbour wall during the final fifteen minutes of the survey and they were traveling north.

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12/08/2016: Thirteen bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic grey seal

13 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:58

Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light swell

No Sightings

 

2hr survey. Start time 14:03
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10km, light-moderate swell
Four bottlenose dolphins

Whilst in the bay two dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal marker, before later being spotted again travelling closer to the headland. Close to the end of the trip another two dolphins were seen following the boat as it re-entered the bay.

 

2hr survey. Start time 16:00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility 1-10km, light-moderate swell
Nine bottlenose dolphins, One Atlantic grey seal

At the start of the survey three dolphins including one juvenile were seen foraging close to the harbour wall. Whilst still in the bay another four dolphins were seen further offshore foraging and leaping from the water, with a gannet flying overhead. Off of Birds Rock, one Atlantic grey seal was spotted hauled out of the water. Near the end of the trip another two bottlenose dolphins were spotted travelling west across the bay.

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12/08/2016: Seven bottlenose dolphins

13 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Later in the survey two dolphins were seen travelling easterly across the bay before foraging at the cardinal marker.

 
2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

No sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00 

Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S

No sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00 

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

During the second half of the survey one dolphin was seen traveling towards the headland, before staying in the area to forage. Splashing and leaping at the surface of the water was observed. The dolphin then travelled closer to the harbour wall, where it milled around at the surface of the water.

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

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling towards the headland from the harbour wall, surfacing regularly. Three other dolphins were seen foraging closer to the cardinal marker. The dolphins then all moved closer to the harbour wall, displaying fast moving behaviour including leaping from the water. Another dolphin was then spotted out by the cardinal marker. In the second half of this survey, a total of five dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall.

 
2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Four dolphins from the previous survey were seen close to the harbour wall milling around, later seen chasing fish at the surface of the water. The four dolphins then moved further offshore to forage, before one individual began travelling west towards the headland and another moved off. At the end of the survey two dolphins were spotted by the cardinal marker.

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11/08/2016: Fourteen bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

12 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
One bottlenose dolphin and one Atlantic grey seal

Early in the survey period, one bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging just off the harbour wall and a little later out between headland and cardinal marker, before leaving the survey area. One Atlantic grey seal was also spotted just by the harbour wall, travelling off in an easterly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction W
Five bottlenose dolphins

Halfway into the survey period, one adult bottlenose dolphin was spotted taking long dives just north of the harbour wall. It was soon joined by further bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, and they were seen displaying splashy behaviour between headland and harbour wall. Later they moved towards the cardinal marker, where they were seen taking long dives again, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Three of the bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey, including a calf, remained in the survey area and were seen taking long dives just north of the harbour wall, thought to be foraging. They were joined by a group of five bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, and were seen foraging just north of the harbour wall as well. After disappearing from view, two bottlenose dolphins were again seen travelling and foraging just off the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W-SW

No sightings.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW-NW

Towards the end of the survey period, three adult bottlenose dolphins were seen milling at the surface just north of the harbour wall. They were soon seen taking long dives, thought to be foraging, and remained in the bay until the end of the survey.

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10/08/2016: Four Atlantic grey seals

11 August 2016 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 12:30
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
One Atlantic grey seal

Halfway through the survey an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water.

2hr survey. Start time 14:20
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Three Atlantic grey seals

Shortly after the beginning of the survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Later on two were spotted in the water, one of which was female.

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10/08/2016: One Bottlenose dolphin

11 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW/W/SW
One Bottlenose dolphin

One Bottlenose dolphin was seen feeding in the bay for the entirety of the first survey, before travelling out past the cardinal buoy at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/W/NW

No sightings

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

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sun and showers/overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction W

No sightings

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09/08/2016: 2 Bottlenose dolphins

10 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00

Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW/W

 No sightings.

 2hr survey. Start time 11:00

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW/W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00

Weather conditions: fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW

Two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and a calf, were seen for the last forty five minutes of the survey displaying suspected foraging behaviour around the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW/W

The same mother and calf pair, seen in the previous survey, were also observed for the first hour of the survey. The pair continued to forage around the cardinal marker with the occasional tail slapping, before leaving the area via the headland.

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08/08/2016: 4 Bottlenose dolphins 1 Atlantic Grey Seal

09 August 2016 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW

No Sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W/NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
4 bottlenose dolphins and 1 atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey. Two were sighted in front of the harbour wall and one was sighted near the cardinal marker. They were foraging with long dives. An Atlantic grey seal was also sighted at the start of the survey and was only in the area for around 15 minutes. Another dolphin came into the survey area, with four dolphins foraging around the cardinal marker and at the end of the harbour wall. The dolphins were in the area until around 12:45.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction W

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind direction W/NW

No sightings.

 

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