19/05/2015 Seven Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny or overcast, wind direction W-SW, sea state 3-4
Three bottlenose dolphins

There was nothing in the first half of this survey but just over an hour in three bottlenose dolphins were spotted far north of the pier heading rapidly south towards the harbour with lots of splashy leaping to make progress in the rough seas. The group moved into the harbour but for some time only two of them were spotted milling at the end of the pier. The third animal started regularly surfacing with them later on and the trio is believed to have been one adult, a juvenile and a calf.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, wind direction W, sea state 4 decreasing to 3
Two bottlenose dolphins.

In the last section of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were spotted far out to sea north east of the pier and further than the cardinal marker. They were seen milling at the surface of the sea.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast or fair with occasional rainy periods, wind direction W, sea state 3-4
Two bottlenose dolphins.

At the beginning of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were sighted just north of the cardinal buoy, north east of the harbour wall. They were regularly surfacing in a small patch of water before we lost sight of them.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast or fair with periods of rain, wind direction NW-W, sea state 3 increasing to 4

There were no sightings during this survey.