17/07/2016: 10 Bottlenose dolphins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fog, wind direction: NW, sea state: 1/2
Six Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins were seen right from the start of this survey, with a mother and calf spotted right at the end of the harbour wall. This pair then joined another four dolphins out by the cardinal buoy and was seen chasing fish right at the surface of the water. The group then split up, with the juvenile venturing off by itself for a short while, with foraging as well as more “splashy” behaviours like leaping, tail-slapping and lunging seen.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, wind direction: W, sea state: 1/2
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Two of the previous dolphins were still in the bay at the beginning of this survey and were seen chasing fish at the surface on and off throughout the survey, before swimming past the headland toward the end of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull/fog, wind direction: N/E, sea state: 2
Four Bottlenose dolphins

Two dolphins were seen at the headland at the beginning of the survey, with a third foraging near the harbour wall. Another dolphin was spotted at the cardinal buoy and was later joined by the second lone dolphin. These two were then seen mingling and circling at the water’s surface before leaving the bay.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, wind direction: S/SW, sea state: 2

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, wind direction: SW, sea state: 2

A compass jellyfish was seen by the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, wind direction: W/SW, sea state: 2

No sightings.