25/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

25/08/2015: 9 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SE
Five bottlenose dolphins

At the end of the survey period, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging at depth offshore, with a further pair travelling east away from the headland, with irregular surfacing, thought to be foraging whilst on the move.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2, wind direction SE/S/SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey period, a lone bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging at depth off the headland, with a further four observed displaying splashy behaviour between the headland and the cardinal marker. A short way into the survey, the group of four bottlenose dolphins moved slightly closer into the bay, with the lone dolphin staying in the same position. Another lone bottlenose dolphin was sighted past the other dolphins, travelling east with rapid progress and forward leaps and splashy behaviour.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2. Wind direction S/SE
Three bottlenose dolphins

In the second half of the survey period, three bottlenose dolphins, including a calf, were sighted briefly foraging at depth off the headland, before disappearing.