05/06/2016: Ten bottlenose dolphins

2h survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1, no wind
Four bottlenose dolphins

Halfway through the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were spotted off the headland, travelling across the bay towards the cardinal marker and beyond. One further bottlenose dolphin was first seen by the headland, travelling towards the harbour wall, where it was seen taking deep dives, thought to be foraging. In the last 15 minutes of the survey this lone dolphin was last seen travelling off in a north-easterly direction.

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

At the beginning of the survey period, five bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were observed north of the cardinal marker. They travelled north at first and then in a westerly direction across the bay. They were soon joined by two more dolphins, among them another calf, and travelled towards the headland, thought to be searching for prey on the move. After foraging north of the headland, the group split up, with three dolphins travelling towards the harbour wall, and four bottlenose dolphins remaining further off.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE/SW

No sightings.

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

In the second half of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins were observed north of the headland. They were seen travelling south towards the headland, thought to be searching for prey on the move. The dolphins then changed course and travelled towards the cardinal marker, where they remained for a short while, before travelling back towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 0, wind direction W-N
Three bottlenose dolphins

The three bottlenose dolphins from the previous survey, among them a calf, were observed foraging off the headland in the first 15 minutes of this survey. They then travelled off in a westerly direction and could not be seen beyond the headland anymore.