2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Rainy or misty, sea state 1, wind direction SW
22 Bottlenose Dolphins
From the very beginning of this survey there were a large number of dolphins in the harbour with seven seen in the first 15 minutes. Two dolphins, a mother and a calf, were right in the harbour at the end of the pier deep diving. There was also a group of three travelling east across the harbour and two individuals milling at the cardinal buoy. Two more groups were then sighted- another pair at the cardinal and an individual heading in from the fish factory. Many of the dolphins remained in the harbour for a considerable length of time with groups splitting and reforming as the animals moved around. About an hour into the survey a couple of the groups which each had a juvenile in began energetically moving at the water’s surface and leaping. Shortly after this all the dolphins seemed to leave the harbour before four groups came in once again at the end of the survey. In total an estimated 22 animals were seen.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Rainy or misty turning overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W to SW
Four Bottlenose dolphins
At the beginning of this survey there was one individual seen at the end of the pier milling and then this was joined by another individual and both of them started travelling towards the fish factory whilst hunting. A group of three adults were then seen next to the pier long diving whilst another individual travelled in towards the pier from the fish factory. These individuals remained close to the pier whilst milling and long diving and then one individual began travelling away from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy and then after this all the dolphins left.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain turning overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast or fair, sea state varied 2-4, wind direction W to SW