06/08/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

 

 

2hr survey, start time 07:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE/S/SW

 

A large loose group of five dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal marker, harbour wall and fish factory throughout the survey.

 

2hr survey, start time 09:00

Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S

 

The same group of dolphins were seen chasing prey at the surface, foraging and mingling at the surface of the water.

 

2hr survey, start time 11:00

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

 

Three dolphins remained from the initial loose group. Their behaviour included milling around and foraging near the fish factory.

 

2hr survey, start time 13:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction S/SW

 

During the first hour of the survey a group of five dolphins were seen. Three of which were from the previous survey. Behaviour included leaps, lunges and tail-slapping. The group came fairly close to the harbour wall and then out towards the fish factory.

 

2hr survey, start time 15:00

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1-2, wind directions S/SE

 

There were no sightings during the first hour and a half of the survey. Two dolphins were seen foraging later on in the bay.