31/07/2017: Bottlenose Dolphins

2hr survey, start time 07:00

Weather conditions: sun and showers, sea state 2, wind direction S/SE

Three bottlenose dolphins were spotted throughout the duration of this survey, a mother and calf foraging near the harbour wall and another dolphin foraging near the cardinal marker. There were also lots of gannets in the area flying overhead.

2hr survey, start time 09:00
Weather conditions: sun and showers, sea state 2, wind direction SW

The same three bottlenose dolphins were spotted at the beginning of this survey that was seen previously. The mother and calf were identified as being Jackie and Jay, a regular pairing in the area. In the second hour of this survey, a larger group of six dolphins were spotted travelling east further offshore. 15 oystercatchers were also seen.

2hr survey, start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast/raining, sea state 3/4, wind direction W/SW

Dolphin sightings were a bit more sporadic during this survey. Five bottlenose dolphins were spotted foraging offshore and a group of seven (including two calves) were spotted travelling west. 13 oystercatchers were also seen.

2hr survey, start time 13:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 3, wind direction SW

A loose group of five dolphins (including one calf) were seen mingling at the surface near the harbour wall. They were observed leaping and lunging out of the water, tail slapping and following boats. There were also two gannets associating with the dolphins.
2hr survey, start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW

Dolphins weren’t spotted during this survey until the last 45 minutes, when two bottlenose dolphins were seen slowly circling at the surface near the harbour wall.

2hr survey, start time 17:00
Weather conditions: fair/sunny, sea state 1/2, wind direction SW

The dolphins from the previous survey were also seen in this one, where they were joined by another dolphin to form a loose group. These dolphins were seen to be bow riding, leaping and lunging, and chasing fish near the surface. They were seen throughout the entirety of the survey, with three associated gannets.