14/09/2015: 18 Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE
5 Bottlenose dolphins

From the beginning of this survey there were bottlenose dolphins present. A mother and calf group were seen leaping at the surface as well as a single individual which was seen foraging past the cardinal buoy. The mother and calf group were then seen travelling west towards the fish factory. Then in the final half an hour of this survey another mother and calf group appeared and were seen mingling at the surface near the cardinal buoy for the final half an hour of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE/NE
7 Bottlenose dolphins

The mother and calf group from the previous survey were seen foraging near the cardinal buoy at the start of this survey and remained there foraging for an hour before another individual was spotted in the survey area, also foraging. Then a second dolphin joined the new individual foraging whilst the mother and calf also remained foraging near the cardinal marker. These four individuals joined together foraging further offshore from the cardinal marker whilst another group of three adults were seen travelling west towards the fish factory whilst foraging. These then all left the survey area in the last 15 minutes though a single individual remained foraging near the cardinal marker during this time.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction NE/E
9 Bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey the lone individual dolphin from the previous survey was seen travelling south east before disappearing from the survey area. Then a group of four dolphins including a calf were seen travelling west towards the fish factory before also leaving the survey area. Then half an hour later a group of four dolphins were seen leaping near the cardinal marker and remained doing so for the next half an hour before they began foraging in the same area for another half an hour and then in the final 15 minutes only two of these four dolphins were seen foraging near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction NE/N

No sightings