29/03/2018: Bottlenose dolphins & harbour porpoise

Survey Type:
Land Based Sightings
Date:
March 29, 2018
Surveys Conducted:
6

Survey Observations

Weather conditions: Sunny-Rain, Sea State 2, Wind direction NE-SE

Starting from 9.30am, a group of 4 adults and 1 juvenile bottlenose dolphins were seen traveling east together from the fish factory. They then split into two groups and began diving for long periods to feed. At around 10.30-10.45, visitor passenger boats got within 50m of the groups. The boats complied with the code of conduct and avoided disturbing the dolphins. This activity continued to approximately 11.15am when all the dolphins were not spotted again. Later, at 16.15 three harbour porpoises were seen traveling east from the headland but were not spotted again.

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