17/10/2012: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey; start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, fair, overcast and rainy, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW/SE
11 bottlenose dolphins

Seven bottlenose dolphins including a calf were foraging, leaping and splashing in front of the harbour wall in three separate groups. One dolphin was then seen foraging at the cardinal buoy whilst nine dolphins including a calf were seen moving quickly at the surface as well as leaping in front of the harbour wall. Three bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping by the fish factory and eight dolphins around the harbour wall in separate groups were travelling, foraging and leaping. Four bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen chasing prey at the surface in front of the harbour wall and this was the final sighting of this survey.

2hr survey; start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast and sunny showers, sea state 2-3, wind direction S/SE/SSE
Six bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling west towards the fish factory then four dolphins including a calf was seen foraging in front of the harbour wall and towards the fish factory. Another dolphin was seen in the same area travelling east towards the cardinal buoy. Six bottlenose dolphins were all see foraging in separate groups, including one with a calf all in front of the harbour wall. They then moved further towards the cardinal buoy and began travelling and leaping.

2hr survey; start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair and raining, sea state 1-3, wind direction: S
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey six bottlenose dolphins were seen chasing prey at the surface of the water in front of the harbour wall. The group then split and one bottlenose dolphin travelled south east past the wall whilst four dolphins remained chasing prey. Four bottlenose dolphins were then seen foraging and chasing their prey at the surface.

2hr survey; start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state: 4, wind direction SW

No sightings