05/09/2016: 10 bottlenose dolphins and 1 Atlantic grey seal
2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction S-SE
6 bottlenose dolphins and 1 grey seal
Dolphins were seen from the start of the survey, located near the cardinal marker and also between the marker and the headland. They mainly were seen travelling with regular surfacing around the bay. A male seal was also seen, foraging near Dolau beach.
2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SW
2 bottlenose dolphins
The two dolphins, including a juvenile – were first seen within 100m from the harbour wall. They then moved out to the edge of the reef where they began foraging for food – as well as performing leaps.
2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 1, wind direction SE/SW
5 bottlenose dolphins
Dolphins were sighted for almost the entirety of the survey, foraging and chasing food in the bay. The adult and juvenile also stayed in the area, but moved further offshore to about 1km distance from the wall. We also recorded the dolphins to be demonstrating leaping behaviour during the survey.
2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction S/SE
3 bottlenose dolphins
For the final survey of the day, bottlenose dolphins were seen looking for food by the cardinal marker. They would undertake deep, long dives throughout the two hours.