2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction S/SE
9 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal
9 bottlenose dolphins were seen in five groups, throughout the entire 2hr survey. Included in one of the groups was a single juvenile (I.D. “Joey”). Split into five groups, they were mainly travelling and also presumed to be foraging at depth. A solitary Atlantic grey seal, identified as a female, was also observed bottling, staying close to the harbour wall for the last half-hour of the survey.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction NE
3 bottlenose dolphins
A single group of 3 bottlenose dolphins were seen only once for a single 15 minute survey period travelling south from the fish factory towards the harbour wall.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction E/NE
4 bottlenose dolphins, 1 Atlantic grey seal
A single bottlenose dolphin was spotted chasing prey at the surface at least 700m out from the harbour wall. This individual was then joined by 3 other individuals, including one juvenile in the later surveys. Once all together, the dolphins leapt and lunged at the surface and then slowed their behaviour to foraging and long dives. A single, female Atlantic grey seal was spotted several times through the survey, once during the beginning and once at the end. She was first observed bottling close in to the harbour wall and then reappeared close to the harbour wall again during the final half hour of the survey.
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2/3, wind direction SE
4 bottlenose dolphins
Two bottlenose dolphins, one of which was a juvenile, were seen leaping near the cardinal buoy. 15 minutes later these dolphins were foraging at depth, taking many long dives before going out of sight. After 30 minutes had passed, two different individuals were spotted 400m from the harbour wall swimming slowly around the same area and then disappeared before the end of the survey.