07/07/2013: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; Sea State 1 No Wind.
Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

A single dolphin was foraging off the fish factory at the start of the survey and two dolphins travelled towards the cardinal buoy thought to be searching for prey while on the move, another single dolphin was foraging at depth at the cardinal buoy. The single dolphin stayed there throughout the two hour survey period. Two single dolphins were sighted in front of the harbour wall travelling while regular surfacing east out of the area but then stayed at the end of the wall chasing prey at the surface.
In the last 15minute survey period of the first hour seven dolphins were sighted. Two dolphins foraged at the cardinal buoy, one alone just off the end of the harbour wall, another just off the fish factory and three dolphins together travelled north west regular surfacing heading towards the fish factory.
In the second hour of the survey the group of three dolphins travelled back into the area from the fish factory travelling and diving for prey while on the move. They headed east and the single dolphin remained at the cardinal buoy foraging.
At the end of the first hour one dolphin travelled east away from the area in front of the wall, three single dolphin stayed around the areas of the cardinal buoy and two dolphins foraged at depth between the fish factory and the buoy.

2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1, wind No Wind/N.
Five Bottlenose Dolphins

At the start of the survey two single dolphins foraged at depth in front of the harbour wall. In the second 15minute interval three dolphins including a calf also foraged at depth between the wall and the fish factory and a single dolphin foraged just off the cardinal buoy. The group of three were joined by another dolphin in the next interval. In the last 15minutes of the first hour of the survey two dolphins foraged at depth just off the fish factory. There were no further sightings for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1, wind N.

No sightings.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1/0, wind SW/NW.

No sightings.