19/07/2016: 18 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: N/A, sea state: 1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen throughout the survey. A lone dolphin was seen travelling from the east to the west past the fish factory towards the cardinal marker. The dolphin then travelled back and travelled further offshore. Then at 8:00am two dolphins were spotted foraging near the fish factory. They were then seen foraging by the cardinal marker where another individual came into the survey area, also foraging. The dolphins were then seen travelling back towards the headland, thought to be foraging on the move and then leaping and milling around at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: NW, sea state: 2

The same dolphins from the previous survey were seen throughout the survey. There was a group of 4 travelling towards the cardinal marker where they were seen foraging. They were seen foraging here for the majority of the survey. Then at 10:00am 3 more dolphins were travelling from the headland into the survey area. They were seen foraging in between the cardinal marker and the headland. The other group of dolphins had split up leaving only one foraging by the cardinal marker. The dolphins then joined to become a group of 4, they were seen tail slapping and leaping over by the cardinal marker. Nearing the end of the survey, another group of 3 dolphins were seen by the fish factory whilst the group over by the cardinal marker were seen travelling towards the headland.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: SE, sea state: 1/2

Dolphins from the previous survey were still in the survey area during the start of this survey. There was a group of 5 including a calf milling, leaping and tail slapping near the cardinal marker. They were in the area for around half an hour.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: S/SE, sea state: 2

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: S, sea state: 2/1

Bottlenose dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, they were seen by the fish factory displaying tail slaps, leaping and milling. There were 3 individuals, then later on in the survey, 1 other individual joined the group and they were seen travelling south westerly towards the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, wind direction: SW/S, sea state: 1/2

There were some compass jellyfish spotted off of the harbour wall, but sadly no other sightings during this survey.