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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16/10/2013 – Atlantic grey seal

17 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

1 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sea state 2, 3 and 4, wind SE
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen at the beginning of the survey close to the harbour wall.

Due to weather conditions surveys for the remainder of the day were cancelled.

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15/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

16 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind E/NE
Four bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout most of the survey. A group were seen to be foraging just off new quay headland in the first hour, two of which seemed to have moved further out towards the cardinal buoy. A grey seal was also spotted close to the harbour wall in this time. In the final hour of the survey the two bottlenose dolphins remained around the cardinal buoy where they were seen to be foraging.

2 hour survey, start time 11.00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind N/NE
Six bottlenose dolphins including one calf

There were no sightings in the first 30 minutes of the survey; however two groups were spotted quite far out due north of the harbour wall. The larger of the two groups, was seen to display energetic behaviour whereas the second group, a mother and calf, were seen foraging. In the final hour the larger group moved away to the north, leaving the mother and calf to be sighted foraging near the cardinal buoy.

2 hour survey, start time 13.00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind N/NE
One bottlenose dolphin

There were no sightings in the first hour of the survey. However one bottle nosed dolphin was seen to be foraging just out from the harbour wall in the second half of the survey, staying for around 30 minutes before leaving in a northerly direction.

2 hour survey, start time 15.00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind NW
Three bottlenose dolphins and two grey seals

There were no sightings in the first 30 minutes of the survey. Bottlenose dolphins were seen in the latter of the first half of the survey feeding just off new quay headland and travelling near the cardinal buoy. One grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall. In the second hour of the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen to be travelling towards the cardinal buoy. Two grey seals were also spotted close to the harbour wall.

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14/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

15 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind N/NW

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 2-3, wind N/NW

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 3-4, wind W/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

There were no sightings of bottlenose dolphins during this survey. A female Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall three times over a period of an hour and a quarter in roughly the same location.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/fair, sea state 3-4, wind NW/N
Two bottlenose dolphins including one calf and one Atlantic grey seal

There were no sightings in the first one and a quarter hours of the survey, then a female Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling close to the harbour wall. Towards the end of the survey two bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen for around 10 minutes seemingly foraging just outside the harbour close to shore.

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13/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

14 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind N/NW
Eight bottlenose dolphins, including one calf

One dolphin was seen travelling east from the fish factory while appearing to search for food at the start of the survey. Shortly after, another dolphin was seen foraging near the harbour wall and then a mother and calf travelled into the survey area from the fish factory and then appeared to be foraging close to the cardinal buoy with one other dolphin. The three dolphins, including one calf were then seen chasing prey at the surface near the fish factory while two dolphins appeared to be foraging in the same area. The dolphins then left the survey area, and there were no sightings until the last 15 minutes of the survey, when three dolphins were seen travelling east from the fish factory.

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

At the start of the survey, four dolphins were seen travelling within the survey area. They then left the area and there were no sightings for 30 minutes. Afterwards, three dolphins including one calf were seen travelling east with forward leaps from the fish factory. They were then seen foraging with one other dolphin near the cardinal buoy, then near the harbour wall for the next hour. They then travelled to the fish factory, and left the survey area. In the last 15 minutes of the survey, one Atlantic grey seal was seen close to the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast/dull, sea state 2-3, wind NW

No sightings

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast/dull, sea state 3-2 wind NW/N

No sightings

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12/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

13 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4, wind N
Three bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings for the first hour and 15 minutes and then three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, was seen travelling west across the harbour until they disappeared past the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4/3, wind NE/N

There were no sightings during this survey

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 3, wind NE
Three bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Three Atlantic grey seals were seen separately throughout the survey swimming close to the harbour wall. During the last 30 minutes of the survey, three bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen travelling west across the harbour towards the fish factory.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1/3, wind NE/N
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin were seen foraging in front of the harbour wall. In the next 15 minutes one dolphin was seen foraging in the same place. Nothing was seen for 45 minutes and then six bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were seen travelling east across the harbour from the fish factory where they stayed, foraging in the harbour. In the last 15 minutes, three bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging next to the fish factory.

 

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11/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

12 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny and overcast, sea state 4/3, wind N-NNW
One bottlenose and one Atlantic grey seal.

Nothing was seen for the first half of the survey, after which one bottlenose dolphin was seen staying around the fish factory, after the 15 minute period the dolphin was not seen again. One Atlantic grey seal was then seen not far from the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 4, wind N
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal.

There were no sightings for the first hour of the survey after which one bottlenose dolphin was spotted not far from the fish factory thought to be staying and foraging at depth. A further two dolphins including one calf were soon after seen in front of the pier travelling east. One Atlantic grey seal was also seen close to the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 4, wind NE
One Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was observed close to the harbour wall. No dolphin sightings were recorded.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Fair, sea state 4, wind NE

There were no sightings during this survey.

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10/10/2013 – Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic Grey seals

11 October 2013 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast and dull/ fair / sunny, sea state 4-5, wind NE-N-NW
One Atlantic Grey seal

Over an hour into the survey there were no sightings but then an atlantic grey seal appeared by the harbour wall briefly. There were no further sightings.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair / sunny, sea state 4, wind N-NW
Four Bottlenose dolphins

The first hour of the survey had several sightings as right at the beginning four bottlenose dolphins were seen spread quite far away from each other north of the harbour wall, travelling East possibly searching for prey on the move. They then all begin foraging at depth spread in three different groups between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. The dolphins began to disappear as the sightings dropped from two, to one, and then finally no more were seen for the remainder of the survey. The last time they were seen they were travelling whilst foraging and surfacing at irregular intervals.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair with some rain, sea state 5, wind NE-E-NW-SE-SW
One Atlantic Grey seal

There were no sightings for the majority of the time but 75 minutes into the an atlantic grey seal appeared by the harbour wall.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 4-5, wind N-NE

There were no sightings on this survey.

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