16/07/2012: Bottlenose Dolphins

2 hr survey; Start time 9:00
Weather conditions: Rain, Mist and Overcast and Dull; sea state: 1; Wind direction: SE/S/SW
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

Two bottlenose Dolphins in front of the harbour wall going on long dives thought to be foraging at depth. Three bottlenose Dolphins (1 calf) seen by the fish factory leaping, fast circling and tail slapping, Later joined by the two previously seen by the wall. Three Dolphins travelled beyond the fish factory leaving two foraging. Three Dolphins travelled back into the survey area. Together they travelled towards the cardinal buoy leaping and lunging.

2 hr survey start time 11:00
 Weather conditions: overcast and dull; sea state 2 to 3 wind directions SW
6 (1) bottlenose dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin in-between the harbour wall and cardinal buoy, one closer to the cardinal buoy and one in-between the cardinal buoy and fish factory all foraging. The group of three then travelled closer to the harbour wall. Then they travelled back to the cardinal buoy and began leaping and then moved closer to the cardinal buoy and began foraging. Two more dolphins were then seen in front of the harbour wall then the groups joined in line with the fish factory directly in front of the wall where a number of behaviour was seen. The group, now made up of five adults and one calf who remained there foraging.
2hr Survey, Start Time: 13:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast and Dull; Sea State: 3 and 2; Wind Direction: WSW
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

Two Bottlenose Dolphins around by the fishing factory, Staying and thought to be doing long dives and foraging at depth. The same two bottlenose dolphins travelled further towards the fishing factory. The two then travelled out further to sea and then returned staying and doing long dives, foraging. The pair then separated and began leaping. The two then moved further out to sea again.

2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions; overcast and dull; sea state: 3
Two bottlenose dolphins

Two bottle nose dolphins seen around the cardinal buoy, the two then travelled closer to the harbour wall.