17/07/2012: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey start time; 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull and rain; Sea state: 2; Wind direction: S/SW
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

One bottlenose dolphin was seen close to the harbour wall foraging at depth, later joined by two other adults. The group travelled towards the Cardinal Buoy and another individual was seen.

 
2hr survey start time: 11am
Weather conditions: overcast/dull; Sea state; 1; Wind direction; SW
Four dolphins including one calf

There were three bottlenose dolphins foraging at depth around the cardinal buoy. The behaviour then changed as one dolphin began slow circling and milling at the surface and another travelled away from the cardinal buoy. We then saw four bottlenose dolphins in between the wall and the cardinal buoy, one calf was seen. We then saw three dolphins including the calf travel towards the fish factory away from the survey area.
2hr survey start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull and sunny; Sea state: 1; Wind direction; SW/NW/S
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf and an Atlantic grey seal

One Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water near the fish factory. Two bottlenose dolphins then seen in the same area foraging at depth. A third dolphin joined the group and were seen leaping, travelling and foraging. They then returned to foraging and one moved out of the survey area, and another came close in to the harbour wall. Later, all three dolphins moved off towards the fish factory and out of the survey area, whilst two more individuals, one a calf, began foraging in front of the harbour wall.

2hr survey start time: 15.00
Weather conditions; Overcast/dull; Sea stat; 2; Wind direction; S/ SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins including one calf and a grey seal

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen near the fish factory foraging at depth. One female Atlantic grey seal popped up by the harbour wall in the water and moved the cardinal buoy. Then five bottlenose dolphins appeared by the harbour wall including one calf, showing behaviour of foraging at depth.