18/06/2012 : Bottlenose dolphins

2 hour survey, 07:00
Weather conditions; Sunny. Sea state; 1 wind direction; S/w.
12 Bottlenose dolphins.

After 45 mins six bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping in the area between the fish factory and the harbour wall.  In the last hour of the survey a max of 12 bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping, this included one calf.

2 hour survey, 09.00
Weather conditions; Sunny/ Fair. Sea state; 2/1 wind direction; N/ NE.
Nine bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and leaping in front of the harbour wall. There were a maximum of nine, which included three calf’s.

2 hour survey, 11.oo
Weather conditions; fair/ sunny/ overcast and dull. Sea state; 0-1. wind direction; W- N/W.
Six bottlenose dolphins.

Throughout the survey up to six bottlenose dolphins were seen near the cardinal buoy foraging and leaping.

2 hour survey; 13.00
Weather conditions; overcast/ dull/ sunny. Sea state; 1. wind direction; N.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

During the whole of the survey period, up to seven bottlenose dolphins were observed In the area between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy, displaying a variety of behaviours which included foraging, milling around at the surface and travelling through the area. Of the numbers observed, two members were calf’s.

2 hour survey, 15.00
Weather conditions; Overcast and dull/ fair/ sunny. Sea state; 1. wind direction; NW.
Seven bottlenose dolphins.

In the first 45 minutes five bottlenose dolphins were observed in the area between the fish factory, Cardinal buoy and the harbour wall. In the last 15 minutes of the survey a further two bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging in area between the fish factory and the harbour wall.