2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Raining, sea state 1, wind direction S
Four bottlenose dolphins and one Atlantic grey seal
At the start of the survey there were two bottlenose dolphins spotted in between the harbour wall and fish factory with another individual spotted near the cardinal buoy. Both of these groups were spotted milling around with frequent dives. Later on the two groups came together and a juvenile was spotted with them. Towards the end of the survey a lone Atlantic grey seal popped up near the harbour wall and was surveying the area.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Raining/fair, sea state 1, wind direction W
No sightings to report.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, wind direction W
Six bottlenose dolphins
A group of two bottlenose dolphins was spotted after the first survey period near the cardinal buoy milling around the surface. They travelled across the area coming close to the harbour but departing out towards the fish factory. Towards the end of the survey a group of four bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory leaping a lot and the first group returned as well travelling quickly in towards the inner harbour.
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction SW
Ten bottlenose dolphins
At the start of the survey there were a total of nine dolphins dotted throughout the survey area. There was one group leaping and tail slapping but the other groups were displaying foraging behaviour with deep dives. Connie and her calf were identified as one of the groups who were spotted within the harbour wall near the inner pier. Halfway through the survey all the dolphins departed until the last few minutes when another pair popped up right off the harbour wall.
2hr survey. Start time 17:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W
Six bottlenose dolphins
Throughout the survey period there were dolphins spotted with the peak reaching a total of three dolphins spotted right off the harbour wall. There was a leaping from one pair with it coming mainly from the juvenile in the group. This pair was later identified as Snowcap and her calf Snowdon. Snowcap quickly moved off when three new bottlenose dolphins arrived in from the cardinal buoy and was spotted milling around a lot off the harbour wall until the end of the survey.