08/08/15 12 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SE, E and NE
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

15 minutes into this survey a group of three dolphins including one juvenile were seen travelling towards the fish factory whilst foraging. Three adults were then seen near the fish factory with two of these travelling towards the cardinal buoy whilst foraging and the third was seen staying in the area foraging. Then a mother and calf where seen foraging around the cardinal buoy. After half an hour these travelled offshore. One of the other adults was then seen travelling from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy after the mother and calf left survey area. The mother and calf where then seen again around the cardinal buoy foraging and these stayed there until the end of the survey. One adult was also seen foraging around the fish factory towards the end of the survey and was joined by another and these travelled towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-N
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

At the beginning of this survey there were three groups of dolphins; one mother and calf foraging at the cardinal buoy, another adult foraging and one milling at the surface around the fish factory. The mother and calf remained around the fish factory for 45 minutes before travelling North West out of the survey area. The other two dolphins were joined by another individual and travelled North West towards the fish factory where they remained for half an hour, though one left after 15 minutes. No more dolphins were seen for half an hour until one adult was seen foraging around the fish factory for 15 minutes before leaving.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N-NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N-NE
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

An hour into this survey a group of two adult bottlenose dolphins were seen offshore foraging and these remained there for about half an hour before leaving.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction NW

No sightings.