27/07/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction S/SW

A lone bottlenose dolphin was spotted foraging close to the cardinal marker and then travelled around New Quay headland. There was a 30-minute gap in sightings after which an adult and a juvenile dolphin were seen foraging close to the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: fair/overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

Many bottlenose dolphins stayed very close to the harbour wall for the entire duration of the survey and could be seen displaying foraging and socialising behaviours including chasing fish, lunging, leaping and rolling. The group included two juvenile dolphins. One group also remained foraging close to the cardinal marker.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/rain, sea state 1-2, wind direction SW

The same group of dolphins from the previous survey remained close to the cardinal marker throughout this survey. Another group of dolphins stayed close to the harbour wall foraging during long dives.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW

The bottlenose dolphins recorded in this survey made up one loose group that kept splitting up, dispersing and then reforming. Their behaviours included foraging during long dives and leaping. Eight gannets were also recorded.

2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction S

There was a 30-minute period with no sightings at the beginning of this survey until bottlenose dolphins were spotted offshore. Another group was then seen travelling from the direction of New Quay headland. The dolphins were seen foraging and leaping in the study area for the rest of the survey.