31/05/12: Bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey; Start time: 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast and dull with some rain; sea state: 2-3; wind direction: NW
Two bottlenose dolphins

One adult bottlenose dolphin was seen foraging north of the harbour wall 15 minutes after the start of the survey and was seen in the harbour area for the duration of the survey. This was then joined by another bottlenose dolphin seen travelling towards the cardinal buoy and was then seen foraging around the cardinal buoy for a short period and then left the area.

2hr survey; Start time: 11:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast & dull; sea state: 1; wind direction: SW
Three bottlenose dolphins

After 15 minutes a mother bottlenose dolphin and her calf were seen foraging off of the fish factory. They were then joined by another adult bottlenose dolphin also foraging near the fish factory. They remained in the area for a further half an hour before leaving. No other sightings were recorded.

2hr survey; Start time: 13:00
Weather conditions: Rain and fog; sea state: 1-3; wind direction: S/SW

No sightings

2hr survey; Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Rain/overcast & dull; sea state: 2-3; wind direction: S/SW
Five bottlenose dolphins

In the last 15 minutes of the survey five bottlenose dolphins were seen leaping and tail slapping in the bay near the harbour wall.