24/08/2015: 12 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 1, wind direction E/SW/S
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the start of this survey there was an individual bottlenose dolphin travelling east whilst foraging from the fish factory towards the cardinal buoy. This dolphin then remained foraging just in front of cardinal buoy for half an hour before travelling west towards the fish factory, whilst foraging, before heading round the headland. There was then no sightings for half an hour before another dolphin travelled east from the fish factory, whilst foraging, and then disappeared. Then 15 minutes later a mother and calf was spotted foraging near the fish factory.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sun and showers, sunny and fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW/N/NW/W
Eight Bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging near the fish factory. This group then split, one individual remained foraging around the fish factory whilst the other foraged around the cardinal buoy for half an hour. The dolphin around the fish factory travelled east towards the cardinal buoy at around half nine. The dolphin near the cardinal buoy then travelled north out of the survey area. Whilst this occurred two bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling east. These then mingled near the harbour wall for fifteen minutes whilst a group of three dolphins including a calf were seen mingling near the cardinal buoy. These dolphins then remained foraging near the cardinal marker for the next 15 minutes whilst two dolphins were seen further offshore leaping and lunging. These were then spotted mingling offshore for the next 15 minutes whilst the group of three at the cardinal buoy were reduced to two and this mother and calf group remained foraging in the same area. During the last 15 minutes of this survey one dolphin was seen travelling from the fish factory whilst the group of two remained offshore foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction SW/NW/N
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the start of the survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were seen mingling at the surface near the fish factory whilst one other dolphin was seen foraging near the cardinal buoy. The group of three dolphins then travelled south east past the harbour wall and then travelled back towards the fish factory were they mingled for a while at the surface before heading around the headland. Nothing was then seen for the rest of this survey.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, wind direction NW

No sightings

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings