24/07/15 13 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Rainy, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE changing E
Four bottlenose dolphins

To start off this survey there was a pair of bottlenose dolphins very close into the harbour wall deep diving at the end of the pier, they only stayed for a short while before leaving. There were no sightings for over an hour after that, until the last half hour of the survey when another two dolphins showed up, again just to the north of the wall travelling north. Again these animals were only seen briefly before they left the survey area.

2hr survey. Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: rainy, sea state 3, wind direction NE
Two bottlenose dolphins

There were no sightings for the majority of the survey, but in the last half hour a mother and calf were spotted off the fish factory. At first they were heading west, but after getting to the factory the animals began deep diving, possibly foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast or rainy, sea state 3 increasing to 4, wind direction NE-N
Six bottlenose dolphins

About an hour into the survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a juvenile were seen leaping at the fish factory making lots of white splash. They then moved around the edge of the factory and out of sight. Later another two groups of dolphins were seen- one individual and one pair of dolphins. The individual was deep diving moving around the end of the pier and the other two were a couple of hundred metres from the pier to the north, also seen to be deep diving.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: rainy turning overcast, sea state 5 decreasing to 4, wind direction 4
One bottlenose dolphin

Near the end of the survey one bottlenose dolphin was spotted near to the fish factory milling and then travelling east towards the cardinal marker before we lost sight of it.