08/04/15 Daily the Common Dolphin

09 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny-fair, sea state 1, mainly NW
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was seen throughout the survey. Sometimes he was doing long times, but at other times he was quickly moving about the surface, leaping and tail slapping.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 1, wind direction W-NW
One common dolphin

Daily was again seen continuously, either slowly swimming at the surface, or doing longer dives to the east or the south of the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny but becoming overcast, sea state 1, wind direction E
One common dolphin

Daily was seen again all through the survey east of the harbour wall swimming at the surface.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, Wind direction E
One common dolphin

Daily was again spotted throughout the survey but this time he was quite close into the harbour wall. Again he was just slowly swimming and regularly surfacing to breathe.

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07/04/15: 2 Atlantic grey seals and 7 harbour porpoise

08 April 2015 Categories: Boat Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 11:45

Weather conditions: sea state 0-1, visibility >10km, light swell

Two Atlantic grey seals

 

The first sighting of a grey seal was of a male adult who was travelling in a westerly direction; and the second sighting was a female adult who was hauled out on the rocks.

 

 

2hr survey. Start time 15:00        

Weather conditions: sea state 1, visibility 1-10km, light swell

Two Atlantic grey seals and seven harbour porpoises

 

The first sighting was of one female adult Atlantic grey seal which was hauled out on the rocks. Later on a group of seven harbour porpoise, comprised of five adults and two juveniles travelling fast in a SE direction as well as logging on the surface. Another Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the last half an hour, this time an adult female who was bottling on the surface.

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07/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphins

08 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction no wind becoming SW 
One common dolphin and seven bottlenose dolphins

Daily the common dolphin was seen during the first hour of the survey in his usual spot at the blue buoy, milling around at the surface and doing short dives.
At 09:30 bottlenose dolphins were spotted in the bay around the cardinal buoy slowly milling around and doing short dives. Later on, more bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the fish factory carrying out longer dives and foraging at depth, as well doing shorter dives and milling around at the surface. During the last half hour, they were travelling in a northerly direction and westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction W
One common dolphin and seven bottlenose dolphins

During the first hour of the survey, a total of seven bottlenose dolphins, including two juveniles were spotted near the fish factory and cardinal buoy carrying out long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. During the second hour of the survey, Daily the common dolphin reappeared, further into the bay around the buoys, also carrying out long dives and thought to be foraging at depth.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was seen regularly throughout the survey near the blue buoy, carrying out both long dives to forage at depth, and also spending some time milling around at the surface and carrying out shorter dives.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions:Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NE
One common dolphin

Daily the common dolphin was spotted during the first half hour of the survey near the blue buoy carrying out shorter dives and milling around on the surface.

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06/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and Atlantic Grey Seal

08 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
No sightings

No sightings of Daily for the first survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
No sightings

No sightings of Daily during this survey.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction SW
One common dolphin

Daily was seen in the last 45 minutes of the survey doing long dives and thought to be foraging at depth. He then began to travel in a south-easterly direction towards his regular spot at the blue buoy in the bay.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions:Foggy, sea state 1, wind direction NW
No sightings

No sightings of Daily during this survey.

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05/04/2015 Daily the Common Dolphin and a Grey Seal

06 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction no wind
One Common Dolphin

Daily was seen throughout the survey milling at the surface or doing longer dives, possibly hunting in the harbour to the East of the pier. No other marine mammals were sighted.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, no wind in the beginning but changed to NW
One common dolphin

Daily was again spotted continuously milling around the buoys to the east of the pier.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1, wind direction NW-NE
One common dolphin and one grey seal

Daily was seen through the whole survey doing short dives and regularly surfacing in the harbour. At the end of the survey a grey seal was briefly spotted over towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 1-2, wind direction W-SW
One common dolphin

The common dolphin was again mostly doing short dives, though there were some periods where he was doing longer dives. He was seen during the whole survey. No other sightings occurred.

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4/04/15 “Daily” the Common Dolphin

05 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr Survey. Start time 09:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 3, wind direction NW

No sightings of Daily for the first survey.

2hr Survey. Start time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast but improving, sea state 3, wind direction NW

Still no sighting of Daily but a lot of sea birds in the area near the harbour wall.

2hr Survey. Start time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny with few clouds, sea state 3, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

The first sighting of “Daily” at the start of the survey and throughout it, the harbour was busy so there was a lot of a boat interaction with him with the all of them bar one obeying the code of conduct. The one that didn’t was a sailing boat but “Daily’s” behaviour wasn’t affected.

2hr Survey. Start time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Sunny, sea state 2, Wind direction W
One common dolphin

Daily was spotted again around his usually buoys and hadn’t been disturbed much by the boat activity in the harbour. All boats obeyed the code of conduct and his behaviour didn’t change after any of the interactions.

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3/4/15 Daily the Common Dolphin

04 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/misty with some rain, sea state 2, wind direction W to NW
One Common Dolphin

The common dolphin was at the beginning of the survey but only for a short while before we lost sight of it for the rest of the survey.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Misty with poor visibility, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW-W
One common dolphin

Daily was spotted about 30 minutes into the survey and remained until the end. Some of the time he was seen doing long dives, but for a considerable time he was continuously leaping fully out of the water approximately 500 metres off the end of the pier.

2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 3-4, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily was seen throughout the survey milling around and regularly surfacing off the end of the pier.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 5 reducing to 4, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily was again seen throughout the survey staying off the end of the pier but his behaviour was varied. He spent some time milling or doing long dives but at the end of the survey he began leaping out of the water again while staying within a small area.

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02/04/2015 “Daily the Common Dolphin and a Grey Seal”

03 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start Time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/misty, sea state 2, wind direction SW
One Common Dolphin

The common dolphin was seen towards the end of the survey north east of the harbour wall displaying foraging behaviour and for short period of time travelling north-west.

2hr survey. Start Time 11:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction SW becoming NW
One common dolphin

Daily was seen towards the start of the survey east of the harbour wall and then throughout most of the second half around the cardinal buoy. Daily was mainly milling at the surface but occasional diving to forage.
2hr Survey. Start Time 13:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction NW
One common dolphin

Daily was seen for most of the survey but was not seen for a brief period in the middle. Daily was slow circling and milling at the surface between the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy.

2hr Survey. Start Time 15:00
Weather Conditions: Overcast, sea state 1-2, wind direction NW becoming calm
One common dolphin and one grey seal

Daily seen throughout the survey around the cardinal buoy and far east of the harbour wall

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01/04/2015: “Daily” the Common Dolphin and a Grey Seal.

02 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 4, wind direction W
One common dolphin.

Daily was seen at the middle of the survey, thought to be foraging in the harbour but wasn’t spotted again afterwards.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, direction SW
One common dolphin.

The common dolphin was spotted throughout the survey and the sea had calmed down at this point. It mostly displayed foraging behaviour, but occasionally stayed at the surface or travelled west past the pier.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2-3, wind direction SW
One common dolphin

The common dolphin was again seen throughout the survey doing long dives.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Overcast, sea state 2, wind direction W
One common dolphin and one grey seal

Daily was seen almost continuously through the survey milling at the water’s surface or travelling north east of the harbour wall. A grey seal was also spotted travelling north-west close to the pier heading towards the fish factory at the end of the survey.

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31/03/2015: “Daily” the Common dolphin in rough seas.

01 April 2015 Categories: Land Based Sightings, Sightings

31/03/2015: “Daily” the Common dolphin in rough seas.
2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: Overcast with occasional sun, sea state 4, wind direction SW
One common dolphin

The same common dolphin seen but moving further out of the harbour than usual, spotted left of the harbour wall multiple times, thought to be foraging.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 5, direction SW
One common dolphin

Wasn’t seen at the beginning of the survey but seen later on in the survey moving around the edge of the harbour wall thought to be mulling about the surface.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: Overcast/dull, sea state 4, wind direction N
One common dolphin

Was seen at the beginning of the survey but towards the end of the survey the sea was too rough to see it.

2hr survey. Start time: 15:00
Weather conditions: Sunny, sea state 4, wind direction SW
One common dolphin

The common dolphin was seen at the beginning of the survey moving around the harbour wall, thought to be mulling about the surface.

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