2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S
1 bottlenose dolphin, 1 Atlantic grey seal
After 9:15, a bottlenose dolphin was seen near the cardinal buoy, milling around at the surface. This dolphin remained for the rest of the two hour survey. During the second half of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was also seen, swimming between the harbour wall and the fish factory.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, rain at end of survey, sea state 2, wind direction S
9 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal
During the next two hours, another three bottlenose dolphins joined the first one, including a juvenile. These four dolphins were seen exhibiting some leaps and tail slaps, staying near the surface, close to the cardinal buoy. During the second hour of the survey, two adults were seen moving towards the harbour wall and the headland, where they were joined by another two adults. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted between 12 and 12:30 pm swimming along the harbour wall.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/sun & showers, sea state 1 with 1m swell, wind direction S
3 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals
Dolphins and Atlantic grey seals were seen throughout the next 2 hours. Two dolphins were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, mingling at the surface with some leaps and tail slaps. Around 2:30, a third dolphin was seen in the same area, thought to be foraging at depth. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen throughout the duration of the survey, swimming around the area between the harbour wall and the fish factory, and was joined by a second female towards the end of the survey.
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 3/2.
5 bottlenose dolphins, 2 Atlantic grey seals
The same seal was spotted at the beginning of the next survey, close to the harbour wall, and another one in the same area at the end. Around half way through the survey, 4 dolphins, including one juvenile, were seen between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, staying near the surface and leaping. Another dolphin then joined, and the group were seen towards the fish factory, milling close to the surface. No dolphin sightings were recorded for the last half hour of the survey.