29/06/13: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey, Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 2, Wind NW/NE.
Three Bottlenose dolphins.

In the second 15minute period of the survey a single dolphin was seen travelling south from the area between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy towards the harbour area. A single dolphin was then sighted in the area just off the cardinal buoy where it stayed and foraged at depth. Another single dolphin was then sighted in the last 15minutes of the first hour of the survey where it travelled north out of the harbour regularly surfacing. No further sightings were recorded in the next half an hour of the second half of the survey. A single dolphin then stayed in the area just off the fish factory and continued to forage for the 15minute interval. In the last 15minutes there were no further sightings.

2hr survey, Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Sunny/Fair; Sea State 2/3; wind NW/SW
Eight Bottlenose Dolphins

In the second half an hour of the survey three dolphins were just off the fish factory tail slapping, leaping and lunging together, closer to the harbour from the fish factory a single dolphin travelled east.
In the fourth 15minute interval three dolphins were leaping and lunging towards the cardinal buoy. A single dolphin was foraging alone. In the second half of the survey two dolphins headed towards the fish factory surfacing at irregular intervals. Two dolphins were also just off the cardinal buoy where they foraged at depth. Between the two pairs two dolphins continued to leap, tail slap and lunge.
In the second 15minute of the second half of the survey two dolphins were just off the fish factory where they fast circled at the surface. In the last 15minutes two dolphins were seen foraging in the zone north west of the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey, Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Sunny Sea state 2; wind S/SW
Two Bottlenose Dolphins

Two dolphins were just off the cardinal buoy towards the harbour area where they stayed for the first hour of the survey foraging at depth. There were no further sightings for the duration of the survey.

2hr survey, Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/Dull/Fair/Sunny; Sea State 2/3; wind N/SW/S
Four Bottlenose Dolphins

There were no sightings in the first half an hour of the survey. In the second half a mother and calf travelled making regular surfacing east out of the area in front of the harbour wall. They continued to travel.
In the second half of the survey the mother and calf foraged at depth between the fish factory and the cardinal buoy where they remained for 45 minutes.
In the last 15minutes of the survey the mother and calf were seen travelling out of the area past the fish factory. As they left the area two single dolphins entered, both dolphins were in front of the harbour wall foraging. They stayed there until the end of the survey.