23/08/12 Bottlenose dolphins

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

At the beginning of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging in the area between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy. Later it was joined by another bottlenose dolphin and they stayed close to the harbour wall. In the end they were seen travelling north.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast/ dull; sea state 2; wind direction S/SW
Seven bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Five bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen near the harbour wall. They were thought to be foraging and chasing prey at surface, fish seen. Towards the end of the survey another two adult bottlenose dolphins appeared, foraging at depth.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/ dull; sea state 2; wind direction SW
Five bottlenose dolphins including one calf

Dolphins were seen throughout the survey. They were mostly seen foraging although some leaps and tail slaps were recorded. Most sightings occurred around the cardinal buoy and a mother and calf were also sighted near the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair; sea state 1; wind direction SW/S/W
Four bottlenose dolphins

Throughout the survey four dolphins were seen foraging and feeding near the cardinal buoy. Towards the end of the survey two dolphins moved out into the middle of the bay area where they continued foraging.