04/05/2016: 14 bottlenose dolphins

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

Five bottlenose dolphins, including a mother and calf, were seen at the beginning of the survey period and remained in the area throughout the survey. They were seen travelling from the harbour wall to the fish factory and out to the cardinal marker where they were seen taking long dives, leaping and tail slapping. The mother and calf are Jacky and her calf, both of whom have previously been spotted.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction S
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen in this survey. The mother and calf from the previous survey remained in the area and a further bottlenose dolphin was spotted taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth. The dolphins stayed in the area until around 10:45, when they were seen leaving the survey area in a westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction S
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted from around 11:30 and stayed until in the area for half an hour. They were first spotted near the fish factory travelling towards the cardinal marker, where they were seen leaping and tail slapping.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1, wind direction SE/S
Five bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were spotted at around 13:45 and remained in the survey area until 14:15. They were seen travelling from the headland towards the cardinal buoy. Three bottlenose were spotted a little later taking long dives near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

One group of four bottlenose dolphins was spotted at around 15:15 and stayed in the area for about an hour. They were seen travelling from the cardinal buoy towards the fish factory, where they were taking long dives, thought to be foraging at depth

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottlenose dolphins were first spotted around 18:00 and stayed until the end of the survey. They were seen travelling towards the fish factory and back towards the cardinal buoy. The dolphins then showed behaviours such as leaping and tail slapping.