Conserving Our Oceans
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!
Our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project is now in it’s 3rd year. The project aims to assess the abundance, trends, habitat use, social systems, communication and health status of Australian humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay. We are also keeping track of the bottlenose dolphins that reside throughout the Bay and we are particularly focusing on the interactions between these dolphins and human activities.
Australian humpback dolphins are a conservation priority both in Australia and abroad, with small fragmented populations in shallow inshore environments. The population in Moreton Bay occurs adjacent to one of Australia’s major cities and are exposed to numerous key threats. This is the first project to assess the population in 27 years and it is the only population of this species that has some historical data available. Since 2011, the number of stranding incidence of humpback dolphins in South East Queensland have risen significantly and concerns have increased for the health of this population. This project which is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Southern Cross University Marine Ecology Research Centre and supported by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and Seaworld Research & Rescue Foundation, is critical in order to ensure the conservation of this species in the region and ensure the appropriate management of threatening processes in order to reduce the negative impacts on the health of both the dolphins and the environment they rely on.
Would you like to help to Conserve the Australian Humpback Dolphins of Moreton Bay??
Help us raise funds to continue this project simply by clicking on the DONATE NOW link or check out how you can join the project as an Eco-volunteer and not only be a financial donor to the project, but part of the research team! Your contribution will go directly to assisting Dolphin Research Australia to continue this work and provide the best outcomes possible to ensure the health and well being of humpback dolphins and coastal dolphin communities of Moreton Bay!
You can also follow us in the field with our Moreton Bay Dolphin Diaries on our Facebook Page!!
Come & Join the Research Team
Join us for an authentic and unique experience on our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions. Join the research team for one week or two weeks for our 2016 season.
The Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions offer a once in a lifetime experience to learn, participate and actively contribute to advancing the knowledge of coastal dolphins and aiding in their protection and conservation.
Our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions in 2016 will be based at the University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. For expedition dates and prices go to our Dolphin Expedition Page
Our camera is the most vital piece of equipment and we are desperately in need of a new digital camera to continue our work! Our camera is a little outdated and has shot many photos over the years. We’d love your help to invest in a new camera to continue our work! You can help us raise $4000 for a camera and help us continue our work, simply press donate now or check out are sponsorship page!
Our Dolphin Research Australia Education Programs are suited for all ages!! We are very happy to announce that we now have available both primary and high school education programs!! These incredible programs are fun for everyone and they provide a unique learning experience. For more information about our programs check out our School Education page!
All dolphin and ocean lovers can now join in and help assist with the research by becoming part of the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers and help increase the understanding of the ecology of dolphins and assist in protecting populations that live in our own backyard. The Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers will take part in a series of dolphin population surveys to be conducted along the coastline at observation points between Byron Bay and Ballina. Each for three Saturdays each month, Dolphin Watchers will meet at a land observation station and complete six hour surveys, to observe and record the numbers, behaviour and movements of dolphins.
The first Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers survey for 2016 will take place in January. To join the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers group, simply send us an email info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com.