2hr survey. Start time: 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair/overcast, sea state 1 /2, wind direction S/SW
6 bottlenose dolphins
Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were observed at the start of the survey. The first group were seen in very close proximity to the harbour wall, leaping, tail slapping and lunging out of the water before leaving the area 30 minutes into the survey. The second group of four, were located around the Cardinal marker and were seen partaking in long sustained dives, thought to be foraging. This group split with one seen heading north west and two remaining around the marker for the rest of the survey.
2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 1 /2, wind direction SE/SW
Eight bottlenose dolphins
Three bottlenose dolphins were seen at the start of the survey north of the harbour wall, around the ‘fish factory’, thought to be foraging. One left the group, by the end of the first fifteen minutes of the period before the other two followed by the second fifteen minute period had ended. Approximately half an hour later five dolphins returned to the same area where the previous group were seen foraging. The group then moved towards the harbour wall where they stayed milling in the area for around fifteen minutes. The group of five then left the area, with two being seen travelling north followed by three leaping fifteen minutes later in the same area the previous group had been seen milling.
2hr survey. Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 2 /3, wind direction SW/W
Five bottlenose dolphins
Three bottlenose dolphins were seen next to the wall, before being joined by another individual to make a group of four, including one juvenile. The group remained there for around one hour, mainly displaying foraging behaviour. The group then split, with two remaining in the same area for the rest of the survey. Three bottlenose dolphins were then seen directly north displaying leaping and tail slapping before leaving the area within fifteen minutes. A further individual was seen foraging around the cardinal marker, before leaving within fifteen minutes remaining of the survey.
2hr survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 1 /2, wind direction SW/NA
Four bottlenose dolphins
Three bottlenose dolphins, two adults and a juvenile, were seen north of the harbour wall and around the cardinal marker. They were observed travelling east before leaving the area within half an hour of the start of the survey. A single bottlenose dolphin was then seen forty five minutes into the survey, before being joined by three more individuals. This group then dispersed into a pair, the mother and calf, and two individuals. During the survey time the dolphins displayed foraging like behaviour, seen conducting long sustained diving.
2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/fair, sea state 1 /2, wind direction W
Four bottlenose dolphins
Two bottlenose dolphins, a mother and a calf were seen foraging around the Cardinal marker for the entire duration of the two hour survey. The pair were joined by two other individuals who were observed to be chasing prey at the surface before leaving the area and travelling to the north east. A large number of diving gannets were also seen during the survey period, some in close proximity to the foraging dolphins.
2hr survey. Start time: 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction NW
Three bottlenose dolphins
The adult and juvenile pair observed in the previous survey were seen to remain for the duration of this survey. Again the pair were observed mainly around the Cardinal maker but were also seen closer to the harbour wall, and to the east of the marker. One bottlenose dolphin was also observed foraging individually towards the headland and to the north of the Cardinal marker.