23/04/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins

23/04/2016: 11 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 2, wind direction SE/E/NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction N
Seven bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, a pair of bottlenose dolphins was sighted travelling east between the headland and the cardinal marker with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move. A lone bottlenose dolphin was also sighted taking long dives in front of the harbour wall, thought to be foraging at depth. It was soon joined by another individual, forming a mother and juvenile calf pair and proceeded to take long dives amongst the boats in the harbour. A second pair of bottlenose dolphins were also seen soon after, foraging at depth north of the wall. By the middle of the survey period most of the dolphins had disappeared, leaving the mother and juvenile pair, which was observed travelling with regular surfacing away from the harbour and out of the bay past the headland. In the second half of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was observed travelling with regular surfacing into the bay from the headland and was seen milling about at the surface by the cardinal marker for the rest of the survey period.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction NW
One bottlenose dolphin

The same individual bottlenose dolphin, as seen at the end of the previous survey period, was observed throughout the survey period, taking long dives near the cardinal marker, thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction N/NE

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction N/NW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
Four bottlenose dolphins

A group of four bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, was sighted at the end of the survey period. They were observed travelling east with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move, between the headland and the cardinal marker.