11/07/2014 – Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time: 9:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind direction SW
Six Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. A group of three dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy for the majority of the survey, with a lone dolphin foraging just in front of the harbour wall. A further bottlenose dolphin joined the foraging group at the cardinal buoy, and towards the end of the survey one was witnessed foraging near the fish factory.

2hr Survey. Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 1, wind direction SW
Five Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. Three dolphins were initially seen near the fish factory and were heading east to the cardinal buoy. A further two were seen foraging just off the lifeboat station and eventually headed towards the reef. Towards the end of the survey they all congregated aroud the cardinal buoy where they were foraging.

2hr Survey. Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/ fair, Sea state 1, wind direction NW
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were seen within the first hour of the survey only. There were two adults and one juvenile all congregated around the cardinal buoy area, displaying leaps and tail slaps. A further dolphin joined the initial three, where foraging took place until an hour into the survey when they travelled west out of the area.

2hr Survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, Sea state 1, wind direction NW
Three Bottlenose dolphins and One Sunfish

Three bottlenose dolphins were sighted within the first hour of the survey, plus one sunfish. The dolphins stayed around the fish factory are where they were seen foraging and mingling at the surface.