08/07/2013: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 0-1, wind no wind.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

At the start of this survey, three bottlenose dolphins were seen, two traveling towards the East up by the fish factory, and one nearer the wall traveling South East. After this, the first two dolphins were seen still traveling through the survey area to the East, whilst the other was joined by a second dolphin. After the first half an hour, the dolphins started foraging, one still further back and the other two by the cardinal buoy.In the last hour, only two dolphins were seen around the cardinal buoy, foraging, and milling around the surface.

2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1-2, wind no wind WNW/NW/N.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging around the cardinal buoy throughout the entire survey, initially two were spotted, then these were joined by another. In the last forty five minutes only two were seen then two more traveling towards the west but they weren’t around for long, as in the last fifteen minutes only the two foraging remained.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/fair; sea state 1; wind WNW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins.

This was quite an interesting survey, as the dolphins were chasing prey on the surface and fish were seen. At the beginning, four were seen forward seen foraging around the cardinal buoy also there was one calf spotted. They moved further back, and then started chasing prey at the surface until the end of the survey.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny; sea state 1; wind no wind/NW.
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphins were seen around the cardinal buoy for the first hour of this survey, initially three foraging, and then one more joined them. After half an hour however, only one was seen in this area, until it was joined by three more, and they were spotted chasing prey at the surface and fish were seen. In the second hour, two stayed around the buoy foraging, and one travelled further towards the wall where it was seen traveling along it towards the West. This one was then seen by the fish factory traveling out of the survey area, and three were by the cardinal buoy also traveling towards the West. No dolphins were seen for the last half an hour of the survey.