26/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

27 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind SW-S
Eight bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, one Atlantic grey seal

In the first half hour, one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall before four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, came from the fish factory travelling towards the east surfacing regularly. In the second half hour of the survey up to eight bottlenose dolphins, including two calves were seen. At first they were mostly around the cardinal buoy foraging, whilst two were leaping and mingling further out, closer to the fish factory. Soon after, they all headed back towards the fish factory during which time three dolphins, including one calf, were chasing fish at the surface. The only sighting for the remainder of the survey period was one Atlantic grey seal.

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

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 1-2, wind SE-SW

No sightings

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

After the first half hour, five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen briefly as they headed north east towards the fish factory, taking long dives as they did so. Towards the end of the first hour, one Atlantic grey seal appeared in the water close to the fish factory.

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25/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

26 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind S
Seven bottlenose dolphins, including one calf

Four bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling near the fishing factory at the start of the survey. One left the area after 30 minutes, and the other three were seen leaping and lunging before also leaving the survey area 15 minutes later. There were no sightings for the next hour. The dolphins then returned to the survey area in the last 15 minutes of the survey. Four dolphins were seen leaping and lunging near the fish factory, while three dolphins including one calf were seen travelling towards the cardinal buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind SW-S
Eleven bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the first hour of the survey. A total of eleven, including one calf were seen mostly travelling between the cardinal buoy and fish factory, foraging and occasionally leaping and lunging in both tight and loose groups. The dolphins then left the survey area and there were no sightings for 30 minutes. Afterwards, an Atlantic grey seal was seen near the harbour wall. 15 minutes later six bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were seen travelling in a south easterly direction from the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain/fair, sea state 2, wind SSE-SE

Bottlenose dolphins were sighted at the start of the survey, when three including one calf were seen leaping and lunging near the fish factory. The dolphins then left the survey area. An Atlantic grey seal was seen near the fish factory 30 minutes later, and then there were no sightings for the rest of the survey.

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24/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

25 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were only seen in the first hour of the survey. One bottlenose dolphin was sighted travelling into the harbour from around the corner of the fish factory that then joined a group of three dolphins who were seen chasing fish at the surface. The group of four continued to forage near the fish factory whilst another group of three dolphins were seen leaping and lunging further offshore in the distance. An hour into the survey, the group of four slowly made their way back around the corner of the fish factory, leaping long the way. One female Atlantic grey seal was seen right up to the harbour wall throughout all dolphin sightings.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind S/N/NE/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

After the first 30 minutes of the survey with no sightings, an Atlantic grey seal was seen at the fish factory and then slowly made its way towards the harbour wall within the following 15 minutes. Three bottlenose dolphins were then sighted travelling into the harbour from the East. These individuals then joined up with another three dolphins and were sighted travelling South-East past the end of the harbour wall. This large group then split up into smaller, loose groups of twos and threes and began to travel around the harbour to forage throughout the remainder of the survey.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the survey except for the last 15 minutes. Six dolphins were sighted in the first 15 minutes of the survey travelling around the harbour and towards the cardinal buoy whilst foraging. Another two dolphins were then sighted in the harbour bringing the total to eight. The dolphins remained in very loose groups and were mostly seen foraging or chasing fish at the surface however two individuals were seen leaping towards the cardinal buoy. Throughout the second half of the survey, the dolphins were sighted further in the distance near the cardinal buoy where six individuals were seen leaping and lunging before travelling out of sight near the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind SE/S
Eight bottlenose dolphins including one calf, one Atlantic grey seal

45 minutes into the survey an Atlantic grey seal was sighted close to the harbour wall and remained there for the next 15 minutes. Eight bottlenose dolphins including once calf were spotted travelling into the harbour from the fish factory in a loose group and then split into smaller groups and spread out around the bay to forage in the last 30 minutes.

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23/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

24 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions Overcast/fair. Sea state 4, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

One grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall after 30 minutes of surveying, followed by one bottlenose dolphin travelling west from the cardinal buoy across the harbour in the following 15 minutes. As the second survey hour began, more dolphins started entering the harbour with three dolphins, including a calf, swimming around the harbour wall and another dolphin foraging at depth towards the cardinal buoy area. Gradually all six dolphins, including a calf, were seen travelling around near the harbour wall and seen milling around at the surface.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions Fair/sunny. Sea state 4, wind W
Five bottlenose dolphins

To begin the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth next to the cardinal buoy where they continued to stay for the following hour, being joined by another dolphin after 45 minutes. A grey seal was also seen at the beginning swimming by the harbour wall. Five bottlenose dolphins were then seen travelling west out past the fish factory and were not seen for the rest of the survey. A grey seal was seen swimming a short way away from the harbour wall and then nothing was seen for the remaining 30 minutes.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions Fair. Sea state 3-4, wind W/WNW
No sightings

No sightings during this survey.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions Fair/sunny/overcast. Sea state 3-4, wind W
One Atlantic grey seal

An Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming close to the harbour wall after 15 minutes of surveying and no further sightings occurred throughout the survey.

 

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22/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain/Overcast, sea state 1, wind S
Eight Bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey with seven dolphins including one calf foraging in different areas of the bay.  They were generally separated as individuals or in pairs. After half an hour most of the dolphins appeared to congregate around the cardinal buoy where they persisted for the remainder of the survey. For the majority of this time they appeared to be foraging at depth, however tail slapping and leaping behaviours were also observed.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast and fair, sea state 1, wind SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Four bottlenose dolphins including one calf were first seen close to the cardinal buoy thought to be foraging at depth, these four individuals appeared to remain in this area for around an hour before travelling to in front of the harbour wall where they were joined by a further four dolphins. The mother and calf along with one other individual were soon after seem leaping and tail slapping by the fish factory. The remaining dolphins spent the rest of the survey either foraging at depth or travelling east.

2 hour survey, start time 1300
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair/rain, sea state 1, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Five dolphins including two calves were seen foraging and leaping close the cardinal buoy. These were soon after joined by one individual after this all six dolphins appeared to travel east were not seen for the remainder of the survey. One Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the harbour wall towards the end of this survey.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions Fair/rain. Sea state 1-2, wind SW
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf

No dolphins were seen for the first hour of the survey, however four dolphins including one calf were then seen traveling east close to the fish factory. The mother and calf then stayed close to the harbour wall where they appeared to be foraging and three dolphins were spotted foraging and leaping close to the cardinal buoy.

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21/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins

22 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast, sea state 1, wind ESE/SE/S/SW
14 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey there was six bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, around the harbour seen to be leaping out of the water and foraging at depth. These were then joined by another mother and calf travelling into the harbour where all the dolphins stayed foraging at depth. For the last hour of the survey, the mother and calf stayed by the cardinal buoy foraging, briefly being joined by another dolphin.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind SW/S
18 bottlenose dolphins

To begin the survey, four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen by the cardinal buoy. Gradually more dolphins began to enter the harbour and after 30 minutes there were 18 dolphins, including three calves, spread across the harbour foraging at depth or travelling east towards the fish factory. As the survey continued, some dolphins began to disperse, leaving nine dolphins foraging at depth and leaping out of the water by the cardinal buoy and three dolphins travelling east across the harbour. At the end of the survey there was three dolphins foraging around the buoy and three dolphins travelling east by the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/mist, sea state 2/3, wind SE
7 bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west across the harbour towards the fish factory and another two were seen foraging at depth further out to sea behind the cardinal buoy. As the survey continued, seven dolphins were seen in the harbour, including two calves, all foraging at depth scattered across the harbour. In the last hour of the survey, five dolphins, including two calves, were seen leaping out of the water between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy and another dolphin was seen to be foraging at depth at the cardinal buoy. Towards the end of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins remained foraging around the cardinal buoy area.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain/overcast/fair, sea state 2, wind SW/S
One bottlenose dolphin

After 30 minutes of surveying, one bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling east by the fish factory, thought to be looking for food whilst on the move. After an hour of surveying, the bottlenose dolphin was seen again foraging at depth east of the fish factory. There were no further sightings for the last 45 minutes of the survey.

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20/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

21 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny-overcast-rain, sea state 1, wind SE-S-SW
Ten bottlenose dolphins, including a calf and one Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the entire survey period there were multiple small groups of bottlenose dolphins varying in size from one to six at a time who were all being very active across the waters in front of the harbour. They were mainly travelling back and forth, leaping or foraging at depth. A mother and calf came close to the harbour wall to forage as did an Atlantic grey seal.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny-fair-overcast-rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SW
Twelve bottlenose dolphins, including five calves

Several groups of bottlenose dolphins remained active throughout the entire survey period with activities ranging from chasing prey at the surface, leaping and tail slapping, travelling from West to East and back again, some individuals were also foraging at depth. There were several mother and calves spread out between the groups with as many as five calves being observed.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair-rain, sea state 2, wind SE-S-SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

Slightly fewer bottlenose dolphins than had previously been seen throughout the day but still several individuals remained for the entire survey period. They were mainly foraging at depth but still with some displaying some leaping behaviour and travelling across the harbour waters.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair-overcast-rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SW
Six bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey two individuals were foraging at depth by the cardinal buoy before a larger group came from the fish factory and swam across to the cardinal buoy. The group chased some prey at the surface before travelling back West in the direction they had come from. For almost an hour there were no sightings until right at the end of the survey four dolphins, including a calf travelled across the harbour making steady progress. Two Atlantic grey seals were also spotted by the harbour wall.

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19/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

20 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2, wind SE-S
Nine bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

For the first half hour of the survey seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were. An adult and calf were milling close to the harbour wall, two adults and a calf were foraging close to the cardinal buoy and two adults were foraging further out from the harbour wall. In the second half hour five bottlenose dolphins were initially seen with the adult and calf foraging close to the harbour wall at first before joining the two adults and one calf that were foraging close to the cardinal buoy. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen briefly close to the harbour wall. Early in the second hour of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins (two adults and one calf) were seen milling close to the harbour, and were soon joined by another three adults. Their behaviour involved slow and fast milling at the surface, foraging, and leaping. In the last half hour eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were seen close to the harbour wall before two adults moved over to the cardinal buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast with rain/fair, sea state 1-2, wind SE-S
13 bottlenose dolphins, including three calves and one Atlantic grey seal

The survey began with five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were spread out between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. They were milling, leaping and foraging. During the first hour of the survey up to 13 bottlenose dolphins, including three calves were seen milling and foraging. In the second hour, six to ten dolphins, including up to three calves were observed around the cardinal buoy seemingly socialising with leaps and fast circling. Towards the end of the hour the dolphins then headed off in a westerly direction. An Atlantic grey seal also made an appearance in the early part of the survey.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast with heavy rain, sea state 1, wind SW
Nine bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and one Atlantic grey seal

This survey was not completed due to adverse weather conditions and ended within 45 minutes. During this time, however, a group of six bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were seen heading in an easterly direction between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy and were surfacing regularly. Following them were another three adults.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, wind SE-S
Nine bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, and one Atlantic grey seal

The only sightings in the first hour of the survey was of four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, heading in a westerly direction towards the fish factory within the last 15 minutes. A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall. There were no sightings until the last half hour of the survey when five bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen foraging close to the fish factory. One of the dolphins then headed towards the cardinal buoy where it was seen foraging.

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18/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

19 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast with rain, sea state 1-2, wind SE
17 bottlenose dolphins, including seven calves

From the beginning of the survey we had two groups of bottlenose dolphins, each with six individuals; one group with four calves and the second group with three, they were first observed mingling at the surface with lots of energetic leaping and tail slapping, they were also travelling across the harbour waters frequently with some occasional foraging at depth. There were a high number of calves and loose groups throughout the survey period.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind E-SE
Ten bottlenose dolphins, including two calves and an Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of this survey several smaller groups of bottlenose dolphins, totalling to six individuals, including two calves remained out in the harbour waters, foraging at depth and continuing their energetic leaping close to the fish factory. The most seen during this period was ten dolphins and an Atlantic grey seal.

1 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind SE
Eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and an Atlantic grey seal.

The survey began with around eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf foraging at depth close to the cardinal buoy as three smaller groups. Quite early on most dolphins travelled off in a westerly direction, whilst searching for prey on the move, before not being spotted again leaving one that stayed near the cardinal buoy before leaving also. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted close to the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast with rain, sea state 2-3, wind S-SE
Atlantic grey seal

Throughout the survey period only an Atlantic grey seal was seen by the harbour wall.

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17/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

18 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind SW/S
Four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf

For the first hour of this survey there were no sightings but then four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were spotted leaping and splashing in the waters near to the fish factory. They travelled East from this area, possibly searching for prey whilst on the move. Once they reached an area of water near the cardinal buoy they began staying in one area and leaping once again.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair- sunny, sea state 2-3, wind SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and an Atlantic grey seal

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging at depth at the beginning of this survey and four dolphins were also seen travelling close to the cardinal buoy in a south-easterly direction. At the next survey interval this travel direction changed to south westerly and one calf was also seen.
For 90 minutes of the survey period these four dolphins were seen staying close to the cardinal buoy, foraging at depth and milling around the surface. A grey seal was also seen close the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and an Atlantic grey seal

Four bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were foraging at depth at the beginning of this survey close to the cardinal buoy. They moved slowly westwards whilst still foraging at depth. The group then split into two adults and a mother and calf and travelled back towards the cardinal buoy where they were active at the surface with leaps and splashes whilst the travelling adults continued foraging.
There was then a period of over 30 minutes with no sightings. Then two separate groups of three bottlenose dolphins appeared; one group which included a calf, was milling around the surface of the waters approximately 300m in front of the harbour wall and the other was foraging at depth by the cardinal buoy. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted around 100m from the harbour wall. These two groups of dolphins joined together at the end of the survey and began travelling north west whilst possibly searching for prey on the move.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair – overcast, sea state 1, wind NW
Seven bottlenose dolphins, including one calf and three Atlantic grey seals

Three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf were seen travelling west at the beginning of this survey approximately 300m in front of the harbour wall. They were then joined by six other adults who spread themselves out across the water stretching from the fish factory to the cardinal buoy and also coming in close to the harbour wall, they were mainly foraging at depth with long dives. This activity began to calm down after about an hour and the numbers seen dropped to four dolphins were travelling west and foraging. Three Atlantic grey seals were also spotted during the course of this survey.

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