2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair; sea state 1, wind N/SE/SSE.
Nine Bottlenose Dolphins & one Atlantic Grey seal
Nine dolphins were spotted during the first survey of the day. During the first quarter of an hour, four dolphins were spotted slow circling and milling around at the surface near the pier. A further two dolphins were spotted close to the harbour wall showing similar behaviours of milling around at the surface. The two dolphins then started showing foraging behaviours in the next 15 minutes.
The dolphins near the pier started showing behaviours of fast circling, leaps, tail slaps and lunges, another dolphin was spotted in their group.
A single dolphin was spotted later on in the survey showing foraging behaviours near the cardinal buoy.
An Atlantic Grey Seal was spotted near the end of the survey near the harbour wall.
2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair; sea state 1, wind N/S W.
Three Bottlenose Dolphins
Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted during the second survey of the day. Two dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy showing foraging behaviours during the first 15 minutes of the survey. They were seen here for most of the survey with an addition of another individual dolphin half way through the survey.
2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1, wind N.
Seven Bottlenose Dolphins
Two to three dolphins were spotted near the cardinal buoy showing foraging behaviours for most of the first half of the survey. During the second half of the survey four dolphins were seen travelling towards the fish factory, their group included a mother and a calf.
2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1/2, wind N.