23/10/2015: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

24 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

23/10/2015: 18 Bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Overcast, sea state 1-0, wind direction SE-SW
Two Atlantic grey seals

Two Atlantic grey seals were seen at the end of the survey period in front of the harbour wall swimming in the direction of the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Rain, sea state 1, wind direction S-SE
5 bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted near to the cardinal marker taking long dives which indicate foraging. While one dolphin was seen foraging parallel to the cardinal marker in front of the harbour wall foraging. During the last half of the survey 3 individual dolphins were sighted near to the fish factory thought to be foraging with one individual chasing prey at the surface. One individual soon disappeared and 2 individuals were continuing to forage for the remainder of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair – Rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SW
Three bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

During the first minute of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins surfaced briefly near to the fish factory before disappearing for the remainder of the survey. A female Atlantic grey seal was sighted in front of the harbour wall during the first 15 minutes. Another female reappeared at the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – Dull, sea state 2-1, wind direction SE-S
10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

The last survey of the day saw 10 bottlenose dolphins. At the beginning of the survey a female Atlantic grey seal was sighted for 45 minutes in front of the harbour wall. 8 bottlenose dolphins appeared to be socialising near to the fish factory before travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker while two bottlenose dolphins that appeared in front of the harbour wall travelled towards the reef. In the last 15 minutes 10 bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging along Llanina reef.

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22/10/2015: 11 Bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

23 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
One Atlantic grey seal

From the start of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen a couple of meters in front of the harbour wall, remaining in the area for half an hour. It was then spotted again towards the end of the survey period, further out towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction NW/W
Three Atlantic grey seals

About 45 minutes into the survey a female Atlantic grey seal appeared at the end of the harbour wall swimming in the direction of the fish factory. Within the next 15 minute interval a second female Atlantic grey seal was spotted several meters in front of the harbour wall swimming away towards the fish factory. At the same time a third female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water towards the end of harbour wall, appearing several times for the rest of the survey, remaining in a similar area.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW
Three Atlantic grey seals

The female Atlantic grey seal that was present in the previous survey was still visible at the start of this survey, in front of the harbour wall moving further out towards the fish factory. Within half an hour, another female Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming past the harbour wall, remaining in sight for the next 45 minutes. For the last 15 minutes of the survey the same seal was seen in a similar area by the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W/SW
Eleven Bottlenose Dolphins and four Atlantic Grey Seals

At the start of the survey, one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall. Another grey seal of unidentified sex, was seen in a similar area in the following 15 minute interval. Within this same interval, one bottlenose dolphin was also seen performing long dives between the end of the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. In the following 15 minutes two more bottlenose dolphins arrived and all three dolphins began displaying active behaviours including leaping and tail slapping. By the next 15 minute interval, another bottlenose dolphin joined the group and they started travelling towards the cardinal buoy surfacing at irregular intervals. An hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins, thought to be a different group to the previous because it included a mother and calf, were seen in front of the harbour wall performing long dives, possibly foraging at depths. At this time, a fourth dolphin was seen travelling towards the group. In the next interval period, these four dolphins then began travelling together towards the fish factory. In this same interval, another two dolphins were sighted, one east of the cardinal buoy and the other between the cardinal buoy and harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in front of the harbour wall. For the last half an hour of the survey, a single dolphin was seen behind the harbour wall within the bay, performing long dives and appearing in front of the harbour wall for the last 15 minutes, where it was being particularly active, circling at the surface and performing leaps and lunges. In this last interval, another grey seal was seen to the right of the harbour wall swimming in a westerly direction.

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21/10/2015: 13 Bottlenose dolphins and 13 Atlantic grey seals

22 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction W-SW
Five bottlenose dolphins and four Atlantic grey seals

At the start of this survey a male Atlantic grey seal was seen just in front of the harbour wall swimming NE towards the fish factory. Then half an hour later another grey seal was seen this time it was a female and it swam east in front of the harbour wall. About fifteen minutes later another female grey seal was seen swimming west in front of the harbour wall and also a group of three bottlenose dolphins, including a juvenile, were seen between the fish factory and the cardinal marker and travelled west. There were also another group of two dolphins also travelling west between the fish factory and the cardinal marker. These two groups of bottlenose dolphins then joined together and foraged between the fish factory and the cardinal marker before leaving the survey area. In the last fifteen minutes of this survey another male grey seal was spotted swimming east in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3-2, wind direction SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins and three Atlantic grey seals

Fifteen minutes into this survey a female grey seal was seen in the water in front of the harbour wall. Shortly afterwards a bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling NW in front of the harbour wall. This dolphin then joined another and travelled SE. There was also a group of three dolphins including a calf traveling SE further offshore than the other group. Also in this period there was a female grey seal in front of the harbour wall and a male grey seal near the fish factory. In the next fifteen minutes the group of three dolphins split into a mother and calf group and a single individual. The mother and calf group travelled west towards the fish factory and the single individual also did the same. The other group of two dolphins also travelled west towards the fish factory. There were also three other groups of individual dolphins seen travelling west, with one further offshore than the other groups and two near the harbour wall. There was also a grey seal seen in front of the harbour wall. In the next fifteen minutes the mother and calf group was seen travelling west in front of the harbour wall and there were also three groups of single dolphins travelling west across the bay. There was also a single dolphin seen foraging around the cardinal marker. There was also a dolphin leaping between the fish factory and the harbour wall. In the next fifteen minutes two individual dolphins joined and travelled NE towards the cardinal marker. One individual dolphin was seen foraging in front of the harbour wall and another was seen travelling east towards the cardinal marker. Another dolphin was seen travelling west across the front of the harbour wall and the mother and calf group was also seen travelling west in front of the harbour wall. In the final fifteen minutes of this survey one dolphin was seen travelling west towards the fish factory whilst foraging and another individual was seen travelling NW from the harbour wall towards the fish factory. A grey seal was also seen near the harbour wall swimming NW.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
Six Atlantic grey seals

About 45 minutes into this survey a male Atlantic grey seal was seen swimming south from the fish factory towards the harbour wall. Into the next fifteen minutes the same grey seal was spotted travelling east in front of the harbour wall. Then two more female grey seals were seen in front of the harbour wall with one travelling west in front of the harbour wall and the other bottling in the water. The female was then seen swimming NW along the coast towards the fish factory. Then another female grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall. This same seal was also seen into the next fifteen minutes nearer the fish factory than before and was also joined by a male seal swimming west in front of the harbour wall.

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20/10/2015: 13 bottlenose dolphins

21 October 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2015: 13 bottlenose dolphins

3hr survey. Start time 11:13
Weather conditions: sea state 3, visibility >10km, light swell
Thirteen bottlenose dolphins

Forty minutes into the survey a group of 9 bottlenose dolphins including two new-borns were observed leaping 300m from the boat. Thirty minutes later another group of 4 adult bottlenose dolphins were sighted leaping 20 meters to the right of the boat before travelling towards to the boat to bow ride.

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20/10/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

21 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

20/10/2015: 7 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair/sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W/NW
One Atlantic grey seal

Towards the end of the first half of the survey period an individual female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water in front of the harbour wall. There were no sightings for the rest of the survey period.

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

No sightings.

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

Fifteen minutes into the survey period a pair of bottlenose dolphins were spotted by the cardinal marker foraging at depth before being joined by another bottlenose dolphin. This group was then observed, along with an individual bottlenose dolphin further offshore, travelling west with regular surfacing towards the headland. Towards the end of the first hour of the survey period this group of four, including 1 calf, was at first seen milling at the surface between the harbour wall and the headland, then displaying splashy behaviour at the surface including leaping, breaching, spy-hopping. A further group of 3 bottlenose dolphins was observed milling at the surface by the cardinal marker. At the beginning of the second half or the survey the two groups came together in offshore in front of the headland. The group of four bottlenose dolphins, one a calf, was observed tail-slapping, leaping, breaching, spy-hopping, jumping on top of one another and displaying close contact behaviour. The group of three was also observed displaying energetic behaviours including leaping. The two groups the joined together and this group of seven bottlenose dolphins remained very active displaying similar activity as beforehand before disappearing around the headland halfway into the second half of the survey period.

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

No sightings.

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19/10/2015: 49 bottlenose dolphins, 11 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

20 October 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

19/10/2015: 49 bottlenose dolphins, 11 Atlantic grey seals and 2 harbour porpoises

4hr survey. Start time 09:49
Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell
Forty-nine bottlenose dolphins, eleven Atlantic grey seals and two harbour porpoises

Within the first fifteen minutes of the survey, a group of seven bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed foraging at the surface with fish seen, and some tail slapping witnessed. About fifteen minutes later, two Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water and a group of eight bottlenose dolphins, including a calf and a new-born, were observed throwing fish and joining up with the previously seen group of seven. Shortly after, two lone Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water. About forty minutes later, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling east and twenty minutes after that a group of four bottlenose dolphins were observed tail slapping. At midday, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen, shortly followed by four bottlenose dolphins travelling north-east. Twenty minutes later a lone Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water and half an hour after, another lone Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water. Shortly after 1pm, a group of four bottlenose dolphins were observed tail slapping and travelling north. Half an hour later, a group of eight bottlenose dolphins were observed leaping and travelling north, shortly followed by a sighting of a lone female Atlantic grey seal swimming south-west, a pair of bottlenose dolphins travelling south and a female and a male Atlantic grey seal in the water. Soon after, a pair of harbour porpoises was seen travelling west. Towards the end of the survey, two hauled out Atlantic grey seals, one a female and the other a pup, were seen. A group of seven bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling west and a group of three bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling north.

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19/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

20 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

19/10/2015: 17 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

An hour into the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming north-west past the harbour wall.

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

At the beginning of the survey, five bottlenose dolphins were seen north of the harbour wall. One of the dolphins travelled east past the harbour wall, another was observed foraging at depth close by, and a group of three were observed leaping further out. They were shortly joined by another individual and the six individuals were observed foraging at various distances north of the harbour wall. Half an hour into the survey, two of the dolphins disappeared and the four that remained continued to forage at depth north-east of the harbour wall. They were observed moving west across the bay, continuing to forage, before disappearing from the survey area by the second hour of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NE
Seven bottlenoses dolphins

Nearly an hour into the survey, seven bottlenose dolphins in two groups were observed travelling whilst foraging east across the bay. In the second half of the survey, the dolphins formed a group of five and a pair and were observed travelling around the cardinal marker, before heading back on themselves and travelling west past the headland and out of sight before the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

In the second half of the survey, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker. In the last half hour of the survey, four bottlenose dolphins were observed travelling west across the bay towards the headland.

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18/10/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins and 3 Atlantic grey seals

19 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction E/NE
Two bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

At the start of the survey period, a single Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall. There were no sightings for the next hour, but an individual dolphin was spotted at around 1000, travelling west across the study area and surfacing irregularly, indicating that it was searching for prey whilst on the move. Half an hour later, another individual dolphin was spotted foraging offshore from the fish factory. Towards the very end of the survey period, another Atlantic grey seal was spotted close to the fish factory, before swimming in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NE
One bottlenose dolphin

Towards the start of the survey period, one adult bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling slowly east across the survey area, foraging whilst on the move. The dolphin spent around half an hour in the vicinity of the cardinal marker, still foraging, before making determined progress in a northerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
Six bottlenose dolphins

In the first half hour of the survey period, a single bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging near to the cardinal marker, before disappearing. A while later, one bottlenose dolphin was spotted near the cardinal marker, heading in an easterly direction and searching for prey whilst travelling. At around the same time, another individual dolphin was seen milling around at the surface a way offshore from the harbour wall. Around half an hour after this, a group of three adult bottlenose dolphins was spotted near the fish factory, travelling east across the study area. They continued to do so for approximately thirty minutes before disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

No dolphins were spotted during this survey period, but an adult female Atlantic grey seal was spotted in front of the harbour wall in the second half of the survey.

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17/10/2015: 18 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

18 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

17/10/2015: 18 bottlenose dolphins and 5 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE – NE
8 bottlenose dolphins and 2 Atlantic grey seals

As the survey started 8 bottlenose dolphins including one young calf and juvenile travelled from the cardinal marker slowly west across the bay towards the fish factory before slowly disappearing. 15 minutes later they reappeared near to the fish factory and travelled directly towards the reef. The main group travelled parallel to the cardinal marker while one individual travelled past the harbour wall and continued across to Llanina reef. The behaviour soon changed to that of foraging with all individuals diving within a specific spot. After 15 minutes they again started to travel from the cardinal marker back towards the fish factory before again disappearing. 45 minutes later the same group composition travelled back from the fish factory and started to travel east across the bay. 2 female Atlantic grey seals were sighted in front of the harbour wall travelling north east.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-dull, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal

At the beginning of the survey 2 bottlenose dolphins (including one juvenile) were sighted near to the cardinal marker traveling east out of the survey area. After 45 minutes 2 bottlenose dolphins were sighted in front of the harbour wall briefly travelling towards the fish factory. Then 5 dolphins (including one juvenile) was seen slowly circling between the fish factory and cardinal marker before moving offshore out of the survey area. Towards the end of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was sighted travelling offshore towards the cardinal marker where a single bottlenose dolphin was mingling at the surface. Within the last 15 minute survey there were 5 bottlenose dolphins at the cardinal marker . At the start of the survey one Atlantic grey seal was sighted in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast-dull, sea state 3, wind direction NE
Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen twice within the survey period both males in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast – dull, sea state 3-2, wind direction N-NE

No sightings

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16/10/2015: 3 Atlantic grey seals

17 October 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

16/10/2015: 3 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SE/E/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

Half an hour into the survey period, a lone Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water north of the harbour wall.

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

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction NE
One Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was observed swimming west past the harbour wall, before turning north and disappearing.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE
One Atlantic grey seal

Fifteen minutes into the survey period, a lone female Atlantic grey seal was spotted bottling in the water in front of the harbour wall. The individual continued this behaviour for about an hour before swimming east along the harbour wall and disappearing.

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