21/09/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 3, wind direction NW
Dolphins were spotted throughout the entirety of this survey! Three dolphins including a calf were sighted foraging near the cardinal marker for the first half an hour, before the mother and calf pairing moved. The mother and calf pairing are regulars Jacky and Jay, and they came into the bay where they foraged amongst the boat moorings and remained there for an hour and a half. Another group of three including a calf were seen foraging near the cardinal marker, where they were joined by the individual already out there. This group of four moved between the boat moorings in the bay and the cardinal marker. The survey ended with a mother and calf pairing foraging by the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: rain, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW/W
Three dolphins including a calf were spotted foraging near the cardinal marker for the first half an hour, where they were they were then joined by another individual. The four dolphins were observed leaping and tail slapping before they disappeared for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: mist/overcast/fair, sea state 2-3, wind direction NW/no wind
One bottlenose dolphin was spotted in the last two minutes of this survey! It was seen foraging near the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were spotted milling near the cardinal marker, before becoming just the mother and calf pairing. They remained there for the first hour, and were seen for 15 minutes of the second hour.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction NW/W/SW
Dolphins were seen for nearly all of this survey, except for the first and last fifteen minutes. One dolphin was seen travelling east towards the cardinal marker, where it stopped to mill at the surface. One dolphin was seen milling near the headland for half an hour. Three dolphins were seen leaping and splashing offshore from the headland, before disappearing.