19/05/14: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, wind SE, sea state 2

No Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, mostly no wind with gusts of S-SE, sea state 2

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast and rain, wind SW, sea state 2/3
Six Bottlenose Dolphins

One Bottlenose Dolphin was seen at the Fish Factory at the start of the survey foraging at depth this dolphin stayed in the area for an hour foraging. A pod of four Bottlenose Dolphins including two calves were seen out towards the Cardinal Buoy foraging and later energetically leaping. Another single dolphin was seen foraging by the Cardinal Buoy half way into the survey. Another mother and calf was spotted close to the Harbour Wall thought to be foraging at depth, this mother and calf travelled into the Harbour and was joined by another mother and calf at the end of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, wind S changing to W/SW then SSE/E/SE, sea state 2
Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

One Bottlenose Dolphin was seen at the start of the survey around the Cardinal Buoy milling at the surface of the water. A pod of four Dolphins including two calves were seen travelling and leaping North of the Harbour Wall. Another single Dolphin was spotted at the circling at the surface West of the Fish Factory. The pod of four Dolphins split, a mother and calf travelled West towards the Cardinal Buoy and three Dolphins stayed in front of the Harbour Wall leaping. Two Dolphins were also seen leaping around 700m out from the Harbour Wall. Halfway into the survey the activity had lessened. A mother and calf travelled around the area between the Fish Factory and the Harbour Wall and at times were joined by two other Dolphins.