10/06/12: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey; start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, fair at times; sea state: 2; wind direction: N/NW
Five Bottlenose dolphins.

One bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at the entrance to the harbour and another was seen travelling whilst looking for food heading from the harbour wall towards the fish factory. This dolphin then travelled beyond the survey area past the fish factory. Later a bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at depth close to the fish factory, then again travelled out of the survey area. During the last half an hour of the survey another two bottlenose dolphins were sighted foraging close to the fish factory.

2hr survey; start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain, sun and showers; sea state: 1; wind direction: NW

No sightings.

2hr survey; start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain, fair; sea state: 1 down to 0; wind direction: S/SE/N

No sightings.

2hr survey; start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, fair; sea state: 1; wind direction: N/NW

One bottlenose dolphin was seen travelling whilst deep diving looking for food beyond the fish factory. It was then noticed the adult had a calf in the same area with her. The Two foraged for food by the fish factory before the mother joined with another two adults who had come from a northerly direction to begin leaping together, leaving the calf foraging at a distance. The group then travelled easterly towards the cardinal buoy where the calf had travelled to during their time leaping. The mother and calf remained at the cardinal buoy foraging, whilst the group of adults, who had now been joined by one further adult travelled west, diving for long intervals looking for food. Just as the group of three were approaching the fish factory they were joined by another three adults and they all travelled together, leaping and making rapid progress close into the fish factory, before continuing their rapid leaping travel back towards the cardinal buoy.