17/08/2013 – bottlenose dolphins

2 hour survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain
Six bottlenose dolphins including two calves

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey. 15 minutes into the survey two adults and two calves were seen foraging east of the fish factory and another adult bottlenose was seen travelling east very close to the harbour wall. Two adults and one calf were also travelling east and a mother and a calf were seen foraging just north of the harbour wall. Half way through the survey these two groups joined and started to exhibit energetic behaviour such as leaping and lunging whilst another dolphin was seen foraging at the fish factory. In the second half of the survey the large group split and slowly left the harbour, foraging on the way.

2 hour survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain
Four bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey with a group of three adults and one calf spotted leaping and foraging near 8 Knott buoys within the first 30 minutes. The group then split and a mother and her calf remained in the harbour for the rest of the survey, foraging around the buoys.

2 hour survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull
Three bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal

Dolphins were only seen in the last half hour of the survey with two bottlenose dolphins seen foraging off the harbour wall. These were then joined by another dolphin in the last 15 minutes who also began foraging. An Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the water very close to the small, shell beach.

2 hour survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey with a mother and a calf seen foraging just off the harbour wall for the entire first hour of the survey. The pair then began to travel north whilst another group of three dolphins were seen travelling east from the shell beach. A male Atlantic grey seal was also spotted in the last half hour of the survey in the water just north of the harbour wall.