13/06/2011 – ten bottlenose dolphins

Monday 13th June 2011

2 hour Survey: Start 09:00

Weather Conditions: Overcast. Wind Direction: SW. Sea State: Mainly 2, later becoming a 3.

Sightings: At 09:00 one bottlenose dolphin was seen milling around at the surface, next to the harbour wall.

At 09:15 the same bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging at depth, between the cardinal buoy and the fish factory.

At 09:30 the same bottlenose dolphin was seen near the cardinal buoy, thought to be foraging at depth.

At 09:45 the same bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

At 10:00 the bottlenose dolphin was seen milling around at the surface between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

At 10:15 the bottlenose dolphin was spotted between the harbour wall and the fish factory, still milling around at the surface.

At 10:30 the same bottlenose dolphin was seen further out between the harbour wall and the fish factory, thought to be milling around at the surface.

At 10:45 the bottlenose dolphin was spotted milling around at the surface, between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy.

 2 hour Survey: Start 11:00

Weather Conditions: Overcast. Wind Direction: SW, later W. Sea State: 2.

Sightings: At 11:00 one bottlenose was spotted foraging at depth next to the cardinal buoy.

At 11:15 the same bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging next to the cardinal buoy.

At 11:30 two bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were seen east of the fish factory, travelling westerly. All animals seemed to make a determined progress. Three bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were spotted foraging next to the harbour wall.

At 11:45 two bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were spotted foraging in the harbour. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging between the harbour wall and the fish factory.

At 12:00 two bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were seen in the harbour, foraging at depth. Another bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging nest to the cardinal buoy.

At 12:15 two bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were seen SSE of the cardinal buoy, foraging at depth. One bottlenose dolphin was spotted SSW of the cardinal buoy, foraging at depth.

At 12:30 three bottlenose dolphins, one of them a calf, were seen next to the cardinal buoy, travelling south-westerly. They made a rapid progress with forward leaps.

At 12:45 One bottlenose dolphin was spotted in the harbour, travelling with forward leaps.

 2 hour Survey: Start 13:00

Weather Conditions: Sunny. Wind Direction: W. Sea State: 2.

Sightings: At 13:00 one bottlenose dolphin was seen between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. The animal was travelling westerly, surfacing at irregular intervals.

At 13:45 two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging east of the fish factory.

2 hour Survey: Start 15:00

Weather Conditions: Sunny. Wind Direction: SW, occasionally W. Sea State: 2 later 3.

No Sightings.