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14/01/18: Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction southerly

In the second half of the 11 am survey a group of three bottlenose dolphins was seen travelling west past the headland. Later a second group of 3 adults and one calf was seen foraging off the fish factory.

04/01/2018 Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW/W

The first survey of 2018 was a success with with two bottlenose dolphins seen foraging between the harbour wall and the lifeboat station. Our ShoreFin team identified regular visitors Jacky and her calf Jay.  A great crested grebe was also spotted in the habour area.

18/12/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N/NW

During the first survey a group of 10 bottlenose dolphins, including 2 calves, were observed foraging across the bay. Some individuals were seen leaping and lunging out of the water as well as throwing fish. The dolphins travelled out of the bay at the end of the survey. Our ShoreFin team identified Vader (302) a male dolphin who is a regular visitor to the bay area. The 11am survey was fairly quiet with two dolphins briefly seen near the headland.

11/12/2017: Bottlenose dolphin

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N/NW

Mid survey, during the 9 am watch, a solitary dolphin was observed foraging near the Cardinal Marker position.  It remained in the area for only about 10 minutes.

06/12/2017 Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SE

Our Living Seas Volunteers were treated to sightings of 11 bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, foraging and travelling throughout the bay. Some individuals were seen splashing and lunging out of the water and a large flock of gulls were following them closely. The ShoreFin Team identified regular visitor and adopt a dolphin Jacky with her calf Jay.

05/12/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: fair – raining, sea state 1, wind direction SE/SW

Surveys were conducted from 9am-1pm. Seven bottlenose dolphins, including one calf, were observed foraging, fast circling, leaping and lunging close to the cardinal buoy. The group traveled out of the bay area shortly after.  A female Atlantic grey seal was also seen bottling in the water close to the harbour wall. There were no marine mammal sightings during the second survey however, a number of birds including an Iceland gull, two red throated divers and a black headed gull were spotted by out volunteer.

04/12/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast/rain, sea state 2/3, wind direction NW

At 9 am there were two dolphins, and adult and a juvenile, seen foraging near the Cardinal Marker. Mid way through the survey a group of five dolphins including two young were seen travelling past the headland. The same group of five reappeared off the headland in a frenzy of feeding activity that lasted for a few minutes. The dolphins were chasing fish at the surface rapidly changing direction. Later two dolphins were present foraging off the fish factory. There were no sightings during the 1pm-3pm survey.

01/12/2017: Bottlenose dolphin

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3/4, wind direction N

At 12.45 one solitary dolphin was spotted 100m off the fish factory, the dolphin travelled north across the bay breaching once. During the survey lots of birds where feeding on the front of the harbour wall exposed by the very low tide.

29/11/2017: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 5/4, wind direction N

A group of four dolphins was spotted near the Cardinal Marker during the first half of the only watch of the day starting 9 am.  The dolphins were seen travelling west across the bay and later two of them were spotted milling about on the surface just off the headland before they left the area.