01/05/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins

01/05/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins

From 6am, a group of three bottlenose dolphins was observed moving around the bay, from the harbour wall to the cardinal marker. By the beginning of the survey period, the group had expanded to five, including two calves, and were observed travelling around the bay and displaying splashy behaviours, leaping and lunging. Gannets were also seen diving in amongst the dolphins in front of the harbour wall. About half an hour into the survey period, a further pair of bottlenose dolphins travelled in from beyond the headland, eventually joining the group of five to form a seven by the second half of the survey period. The group of seven continued to travel around the bay and display splashy behaviours, leaping and lunging throughout the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW
One bottlenose dolphin

At the beginning of the survey period, one of the previous bottlenose dolphins was still observed in the bay, disappearing after a few minutes.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S
One bottlenose dolphin

Shortly into the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted leaping and lunging off the headland. It was observed taking long dives for about half an hour, thought to be foraging at depth, before disappearing round the headland and disappearing by midday.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted off the headland taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. It was shortly joined by a further two bottlenose dolphins. The group were seen travelling away from the headland with rapid progress and forward leaps, before disappearing for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE

No sightings.