01/07/13: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull-Fair, sea state 2-3, wind NW/W/SW
Three Bottlenose Dolphins

Three dolphins were seen during this survey, initially in a group travelling towards the West between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. The group then split and all three dolphins started foraging at depth in front of the wall. After this they weren’t seen for 15 minutes or so until they appeared again, one still in front of the wall and the other two foraging by the cardinal buoy. They weren’t seen for the last half an hour of the survey.

2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny-overcast/dull-fair, sea state 3, wind S/SW/WSW
Three bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphins were seen throughout the whole of this survey, one initially travelling towards the fish factory and another foraging just off the wall. The travelling dolphin came further into the bay until moving off past the fish factory whilst the other was joined by a second dolphin and they were seen close to the wall, until traveling along it up past the fish factory also. They were then spotted chasing prey at the surface, fish were seen, but then one moved off leaving the other foraging in front of the wall for the next hour.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind SW/W/WNW
One Bottlenose Dolphin

One dolphin was seen throughout the entire survey, moving around the survey area quite a lot. Firstly, seen quite far back travelling towards the west and then slow circling, milling around at the surface. It then came closer in towards the wall, still mingling at the surface until travelling back out quite far again. For the last hour the dolphin was spotted moving around the bay still milling around.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 4-3, wind SW/S
One Bottlenose Dolphin

One dolphin was seen moving around the survey area for the whole two hours, mostly taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. At one point the dolphin was seen milling around at the surface in front of the harbour wall.