31/07/2015: 8 bottlenose dolphins

2hr survey. Start time 07:00.

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW.

 No sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 09:00.

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE.

 Two bottlenose dolphins, Jacky and her calf, were sighted north of the harbour wall travelling east, whilst taking long dives and surfacing irregularly. They then moved towards the harbour wall were they were seen milling around and taking long dives, thought to be foraging. They remained here for some time, and one other bottlenose dolphin was sighted near the headland, travelling east towards the cardinal marker where it was then joined by Jacky and her calf briefly as they milled around at the surface together. 2 other bottlenose dolphins were also sighted near the fish factory towards the end of the survey, before one disappeared and one remained in the area for some time taking long dives and possibly foraging.

 

2hr survey. Start time 11:00.

Weather conditions: Sunny/overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE/S.

 The two bottlenose dolphins sighted near the headland in the previous survey continued to stay in the area, thought to be foraging at depth as they were taking long dives. Jacky and her calf were sighted again north of the harbour wall slowly travelling east, taking irregular dives and possibly searching for food along the way. They then remained in the harbour, taking long dives and foraging, and moving between areas North and South of the harbour wall for the first half of the survey. A new dolphin then appeared, remaining near the headland displaying behaviours such as carrying out long dives, foraging at depth and later regularly surfacing whilst travelling east before disappearing at the end of the survey.

 

2hr survey. Start time 13:00.

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 1-2, wind direction W/NW.

 No sightings.

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00.

Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 2, wind direction NW/W.

 Two bottlenose dolphins were sighted halfway through the survey and remained in the survey area for around 30 minutes, moving between the harbour wall and the cardinal marker, travelling whilst taking long dives, and milling around by the cardinal marker and diving for long periods of time, thought to be foraging.