‘Dive In’ Summer Holiday Program 2014
  Thinking how your children can have lots of fun and keep learning this holiday season? Join our ‘Dive In’ Holiday Program which is happening again this year during the month of January in Byron Bay. The ‘Dive In’ program provides holiday fun and activities for children aged between 6 and 12 years.  They can learn all about the ocean, dolphins and other marine life during our 2hr holiday sessions that will be held every Wednesday morning between 2pm-3.45pm and Fridays...
Our Online Shop is Now OPEN!!
Dolphin Research Australia’s online shop is now OPEN Purchase a special gift for yourself or a loved one at our NEW online shop!! Find a great clothing and exclusive Dolphin Research Australia merchandise only available through our online store.  Each makes a great birthday, Christmas or gift for a special occasion and helps support the marine conservation work of Dolphin Research Australia.  You can find our store by clicking here or following this link www.cafepress.com.au/dolphinresear...
Welcome to Our New Sponsor!!
Congratulations to the Hoey Moey Backpackers, Coffs Harbour for becoming a Bronze Sponsor of Dolphin Research Australia!!! The Hoey Moey took care of our research team recently by sponsoring our accommodation during our fieldwork recently undertaken at Coffs Harbour.  Thanks very much Hoey Moey’s friendly staff for your amazing support!! We truly could not have done the fieldwork without you!! Find out more about our fantastic sponsor a their website http://www.hoeymoey.com.au/accommodation.p...
Byron Dolphin Research Season
Dolphin Research Season Ends with A Splash! During August-September 2013, the Dolphin Research Australia field team were out in Byron Bay observing the dolphin and whale populations.  The project is a long-term monitoring program that seeks to understand the ecology and structure of local Byron Bay dolphin populations.  The season was full of excitement which lots of dolphin action coinciding with the bait ball migration.  Lots of whale action as well with humpbacks, southern rights an...
Dolphin Research Australia AGM
Our members are invited to our Dolphin Research Australia Annual General Meeting on 13th July 2013 from 1pm-3pm.  We'll highlight the achievements of the first year of DRA's operation, nominate and elect officer bearers and outline the treasurer's report.  The AGM will be held at a property in the Northern Rivers.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com.  You can now download the DRA Annual Report from our publications page
‘The Whale’ Special Film Fundraisers
In celebration of the return of the whales on their annual migration and in conjunction with National Whale Day on 1st June 2013, Dolphin Research Australia will be holding a series of film showings in northern New South Wales.  We will be showing the award winning film 'The Whale', a story of Luna, a beautiful orca that became separated from his pod and sort the company of people.  The story is an important one, that will make you think, question and ponder the relationships between peopl...
Sussex Inlet dolphin set free!
In September 2012 a young female bottlenose dolphin became trapped in Sussex Inlet on the south coast of New South Wales. Unable to return to the open ocean to rejoin her pod she became very tame and began interacting with people. The dolphin became so tame that  she was ultimately at great risk of injury or at some point injuring someone else. A decision was made to capture and return her to the open ocean and Dolphin Research Australia was there to help. Watch the video about this is the ...
National Whale Day Celebrations
Nambucca Heads Whale Day Festival- Guuruja Ngayan- 1st June 2013 Gumma Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), Dolphin Research Australia (DRA) both not-for-profit associations, in conjunction with The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)  are holding the  Annual National Whale Day - Guuruja Ngayan Nambucca Festival on National Whale day, 1st June 2013, at the Captain Cook look-out, Nambucca Heads. The day will start at 6am with a beach ceremony to welcome the migrating whales back to G...
Beluga Mimics Human Sounds
Researchers in the US have recently reported in Current Biology findings from a study showing the apparent mimicry of a Beluga whale mimicking human voice. Although it has been known that cetaceans can mimic sounds, this is the first to show that Beluga's (Delphinapterus leucas) can spontaneously imitate human speech. Curiosity of researchers were raised when a diver in NOC, Beluga's tank at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program facility in San Diego, thought he heard someone calling him. Afte...
Summer Loving & New Calves to Care for
Boaters and swimmers are being reminded to give dolphins space as the summer calving period begins.  Although calving can occur all year round, Dr. Liz Hawkins from Dolphin Research Australia says this time of year we see a peak in the number of new calves born in and around Byron Bay, New South Wales.  Mothers and calves are highly vulnerable to human disturbance and can experience high levels of stress from such encounters. Boaters (which include kayakers and surfers) are reminded to ...
Dolphin Seeks Help from Divers in Hawaii
“A dolphin tangled in fishing line sought help from a diver in the waters of Hawaii. The amazing encounter on January 11 2013 was captured on video and the diver, Keller Laros, spent the better part of eight minutes tending to the needy mammal who readily accepted the help. Mr Laros was leading a group of snorkelers for a manta ray dive experience off the Big Island’s Kona International Airport when the dolphin squealed out. The diver explained, ‘The way he came right up and p...
Dolphin Rescue Sussex Inlet
Thanks to all the amazing rescue team who relocated the isolated solitary dolphin from Sussex Inlet back to the ocean in May 2013! - The Dolphin Research Australia team joined NPWS, ORRCA, Seaworld, Dolphin Magic, RSPCA volunteers and staff to help a female juvenile dolphin that had become entrapped in the Sussex Inlet, Southern New South Wales.  The rescue rescue went without a hitch! The dolphin was last seen feeding with 5-6 other dolphins 2 hours after release. An incredible sight that ...
Summer Dolphins
The two weeks of our summer dolphin research field season in Byron Bay begun with some great observations - new born dolphins learning to surf with their mothers, sharks feeding off Tallows Beach and even marlin jumping close to Cape Byron.  We've been hampered this week by ex-cyclone Oswald which has brought high seas, rain, floods and wind, consequently cancelling our field seasons.  This next week is looking better and we'll be back out observing dolphins from the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Australia Paddles for Dolphins
Australia Paddles for Dolphins On Australia Day (26th January 2013), we’ll be having a Dolphin Research Australia Fundraiser ‘Australia Paddles for Dolphins’ in conjunction with our sponsors GoSea Kayaks.  The fundraiser will help us to continue our research in Byron Bay for another season and raise funds for some much needed equipment.  For every participant who books on a tour with GoSea Kayaks on the 26th January, $5 will be donated directly to Dolphin Research Australia....
Summer Education Program
Our Dolphin Research Australia summer education program is now in full swing!  For the month of January our dolphin education team are providing children (and their parents) a unique learning experience.  Children can learn all about dolphins, marine life and their conservation while enjoying fun activities! The program is taking place each Wednesday (10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm), Thursday (1pm-3pm) and Friday (1-3pm) with each day offering different activities and learning experiences. The prog...
Give a Dolphin Gift this Christmas
Having trouble finding a great gift for a loved one?  How about giving a special gift to them this Christmas & making them a Dolphin Guardian!!! By becoming a Dolphin Guardian, they'll be helping to safe guard our dolphins from the threats they face today & helping them survive into the future.  Check out our beautiful dolphin ambassadors up for adoption on our profiles page http://www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com/about-aad/. Be sure to send us an email at info@dolphinresearchaustrali...
Dolphin Research Australia Launched!!
Dolphin Research Australia Launch & Fundraiser Dolphin Research Australia was officially launched on Friday 23rd November at the Byron Bay Brewery.  The event was opened by a special Welcome to Country from the Arakwal, the Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson gave a powerful keynote speech and we were entertained by MC Bruce McKenize, Elizabeth Lord & Leigh James playing a folk music set and the Percolators who topped the event off with some great blues.  It was great to have eve...
DRA Launch & Fundraising Event
We are proud to announce the official launch of Dolphin Research Australia in a spectacular fundraising event and celebration being held 23rd November 2012!! The event will be held at the Byron Bay Brewery, 12.30-3pm and all proceeds will go towards our ongoing work on marine wildlife conservation.  So come and celebrate this special occassion with us and enjoy music from Liz & Liegh Lord and the Perculators, have the chance to win a surfboard signed by pro-surfer Danny Wills and a beautifu...
Murwillumbah Dolphin Workshop
Come and join us for our next Dolphin Workshop being held this Thursday 1st November 2012 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Sathya Sai Primary School, Murwillumbah NSW.  Join the Dolphin Research Australia team and learn all about dolphins of our world.  Bookings are essential!  For more information go to our dolphin Training Workshops web page (under the Report a Sighting tab) or send us a message at info@dolphinresearchaustralia.com.  Next workshop 8th November is in Byron Bay!!
Dolphin Workshop Nambucca Success!
The first of the Dolphin Sighting Network workshops, held on 22nd September 2012 at Nambucca Heads (Gumbaynggirr), NSW, was a great success!  We had a great turnout from the local Gumbaynggirr community who learnt all about the ecology of dolphins and how they can contribute to the little knowledge of dolphins in their community.  The workshop was followed by the Nambucca River Clean Up in association with the Gumma Indigenous Protect Area, the Solitary Island Underwater Research Group an...


Dolphin Research Australia on You Tube!

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Bottlenose Dolphin Calf, Byron Bay, Australia

Dolphins are remarkable animals.  They live in highly complex societies, have developed an incredible communication system and the ability to use sonar.  It is often thought that dolphins are always happy as they appear to have an impenetrable smile on their face.  However, all is not well in the dolphin world.  They are in fact some of the most vulnerable marine species in the world.  Dolphins and their environment are under threat from many human sources.

It is now a crucial time; we must protect and conserve dolphins and their environment to ensure their survival into the future.

There remain many mysteries to the world of the dolphin and their needs for survival.  To uncover some of these mysteries and ensure that dolphins have what they need to survive is through undertaking research, education and collaboration.

 It is up to each of us to help protect and conserve dolphins and their environment!

Latest News

Artists for Dolphins

Orcas by E Hawkins

Orcas by E Hawkins

You can now buy unique artworks and support local artists whilst donating to

conservation!  The Artists for Dolphins Etsy Store is now open.  Artists for Dolphins is a new initiative that is a collective of artists inspired by the beauty of nature.  Have browse through art inspired by nature that gives back to its inspiration.  All proceeds from works sold in this shop go directly to Dolphin Research Australia Inc.

To have a look out this unique shop click on the following link:

ArtistsforDolphins Etsy Shop

Enjoy shopping and making a difference to conserving our precious Earth!

If you are an artist and would like to be part of this collective (get paid for your work and give back to nature all at the same time) please contact Liz at liz(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com


Tips for Being Dolphin Friendly this Festive Season

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Santa Dolphin

Every purchase makes a difference and an impact – choose wisely and consciously.

1. Avoid unnecessary consumption

2. Look out for Locally Made Products

3. Re-gifting is OK!

4. Choose a Gift made from recycled or sustainable resources

5. Remember to take your Reusable Bag

Did you know about 80% of all saleable products end up as waste within the first 6mths after purchase?



Our Being Dolphin Friendly Enewsletters are out now! 

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The first issues are all about Choosing the Right Gift & Making the Right Choices this Festive Season (I).  How to choose the right cosmetics, sunscreens, candles, clothing and fabrics and how to avoid plastic waste.  We give you a guide to what to look for and how to go about giving yourself and others ecofriendly and ethical products.  Also included in this issue is some ideas for some great gifts.

To receive a copy of this enewsletter, simply sign up and a copy will be sent straight to you or you can download it from our Being Dolphin Friendly page.

Stay tuned to Dolphin Research Australia’s newsfeed via our enewsletter and Facebook page as we begin the 12 days of Christmas! Giving you tips and advice on how to have a Dolphin Friendly Christmas & Festive Season.  Where to get great gift ideas and how to make your ethical purchases.


Dolphin Research Team Helps to Save Another Dolphin in Trouble


‘Hope’ the rescued dolphin from Nambucca Heads, NSW

On 15th October 2013, a young female bottlenose dolphin became stranded on a sandbank in the Nambucca River, NSW.  The dolphin was reportedly in the company of other dolphins when the stranding occurred.  The exhausted dolphin was taken to Dolphin Marine Magics’ Rehabilitation pool in Coffs Harbour for assessment and monitoring for two days. After two days of rest, the dolphin had recovered considerable strength and with veterinary clearance was released back into Nambucca River on Friday 18th October 2013.  We are hoping that the dolphin is now with her pod that is likely to belong to the resident community of Nambucca.  If you see the dolphin named ‘Hope’ please contact us!!

Download our Marine Mammal First Aid Guide to learn how you can help a stranded animal.



‘Dive In’ Holiday Program January 2014

Journey With Dolphin Session

Thinking how your children can have lots of fun and keep learning this holiday season?

Join our ‘Dive In’ Holiday Program which is happening again this year during the month of January in Byron Bay.

The ‘Dive In’ program provides holiday fun and activities for children aged between 6 and 11 years.  They can learn all about the ocean, dolphins and other marine life during our 2hr holiday sessions that will be held every Wednesday morning between 2pm-3.45pm and Fridays between 10am-11.45am between 3rd January and 22nd January 2014 in Byron Bay. Click here for more details or contact us directly info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com for further information.


Marine Mammal Symposium AMSA 2013

Dolphin Research Australia sponsored and coorganised the Marine Mammal Symposium at the Australian Marine Science Associations conference held on the Gold Coast in July 2013.  The symposium was attended by researchers from all over Australia who presented their latest findings about marine mammal biology, ecology and conservation including our own Liz Hawkins who presented findings from our research in South East Queensland.  Thanks to Humpbacks and Highrises for facilitating the Symposium and to all those who came along!


Dolphin Research Team Heads to the Society for Marine Mammals Conference in December 2013

Three of our research and education team, Isabela, Liz and Jakinta, are about to head to the Biennial Conference for the Society of Marine Mammals Conference in Dunedin in December 2013 to present Dolphin Research Australia’s latest findings.  The team will present on our Indigenous marine science and conservation project framework, how to identify the critical habitat for coastal dolphins and communication alterations during a birth of a bottlenose dolphin. Liz has also been organising a conference workshop to develop the best practice principles for monitoring the impacts of coastal development on marine mammals with Southern Cross University and the support of the Australian Marine Mammal Centre.