19/05/2016: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction W/SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the final 15 minutes of the survey about 250m from the headland – displaying behaviour such as fast circling at the surface, leaps, lunges and tail slaps. During the survey a number of bird species were also seen, such as Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Gannets – including a small flock of black birds on the horizon.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction SW/SE
Two bottlenose dolphins

An adult and juvenile dolphin pairing was recorded travelling east from the headland, surfacing regularly towards a same heading. They then began mingling at the surface, staying about 250m from the harbour wall before heading back outwards towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/dull - rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction S/SW/SE

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair - overcast/dull, sea state 1, wind direction S/SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

Four dolphins were seen between the headland and the harbour wall between 13:15 and 13:45. One group of two were thought to be foraging at depth while another group of two were sighted travelling slowly east with regular surfacing. Towards the end of the sighting one of the groups separated. One dolphin joined the group of three and the other dolphin began swimming solitarily. The four dolphins then headed quickly out of the bay and ventured out behind the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 1, wind direction SW

No sightings