27/06/15 19 Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00
Weather conditions: overcast-sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Two bottlenose dolphins

About 20 minutes into this survey a pair of bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf, were spotted travelling but with irregular surfacing into the harbour. They then proceeded to forage and mill around the marina for about 45 minutes in total before we lost sight of them.

2hr survey. Start time 009:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Six bottlenose dolphins

Around 30 minutes into the survey two bottlenose dolphins were seen right in the harbour behind the harbour wall irregularly surfacing. They left after about 30 minutes, and two groups of two were then spotted. One was a mother and calf to the north-east of the wall, and another was a pair of travelling adults which were heading towards the fish factory. By the last 15 minutes all the animals had left the harbour.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny or fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of this survey a mother and calf were spotted in the harbour to the north east of the harbour wall milling at the surface. They moved around the outside of the harbour, over to the reef where we briefly lost sight of them before spotting the same individuals travelling back out of the harbour. After this two groups of two were spotted behind the fish factory. Both groups moved further into the harbour before the survey finished where they remained milling at the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair or sunny, sea state 1, wind direction SW-W
Four bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey two dolphins were seen within a couple of hundred metres of the harbour wall, though they were only seen for a short period of time. Later in the survey an individual was spotted at the fish factory regularly surfacing, but it too was only seen during a short period of the survey. In the last half hour another individual was seen milling at the fish factory, which remained for the rest of the survey, milling at the water’s surface.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair or sunny, sea state 2-3, wind direction varied from NW to SW

No sightings.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny or fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW-SSW
Three bottlenose dolphins

Three bottlenose dolphins were seen about 30 minutes into the survey milling around. The group split and two animals moved closer to the harbour wall while the other remained further out. The group remained for the rest of the survey, splitting and re-joining as they travelled around the harbour. They were seen at the end of the survey over by the reef.