12/10/11: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain/mist, sea state 2, wind SW
11 dolphins including three calves

Dolphin sightings occurred throughout most of the survey and were mostly seen north of the harbour wall and near the cardinal buoy. There were also sightings of dolphins south of the harbour wall and over by the reef. The most common behaviours were staying with long dives or with fast circling at the surface, leaps, tail slaps or lunges. Some travelling was also recorded. In the first half of the survey dolphins were seen travelling in a north easterly direction while towards the end of the survey they were travelling offshore in a north westerly direction.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull/rain, sea state 2-3, wind SW

No sightings

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions Overcast/dull/mist, sea state 2, wind SW
One bottlenose dolphin

One bottlenose dolphin was sighted in the last half of the survey between the harbour wall and the fish factory. It was travelling east south east with regular surfacing.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

All six bottlenose dolphins were seen at the end of the survey north of the fish factory. At first four dolphins were sighted staying in the same place for long dives after which two more dolphins joined the group and were seen travelling towards the cardinal buoy while taking long dives.