Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions
Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions 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 2015 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 2015 wi...
Dolphin Ecology Workshop
Dolphin Ecology Workshop Byron Bay Ever wanted to learn more about dolphins and find out how you can help be part of research to help in the conservation of dolphins in your local area? Come and join us for an evening of intrigue and enjoyment at our upcoming Dolphin Ecology Workshop 23rd March 2015 at the Byron Bay Services Club 6.30pm-8.30pm (please arrive 6.15). Entry is $30 which includes year membership to Dolphin Research Australia and workshop pack. Workshop is free for current mem...
Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers
Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers Dolphin Research Australia is launching the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers and inviting locals and visitors to the Byron Bay region to join up and become involved in the research. The teams will be observing and monitoring the dolphin population in this area and look at the different aspects of their ecology, movement patterns and social structure so we can understand more about these animals in the wild to ensure their conservation. Learn more and join ...
Get Involved & Volunteer!
Welcoming in the New Year of 2015 we have new and exciting opportunities for our members to get involved and volunteer!  Are you a professional in your field?? Have you always wanted to help a great cause and raise awareness of marine conservation and help Save Our Oceans?? We might just have what you are looking for!  Check out our 'Get Involved' page (click on the Support Us tab and follow the link) and see what we have available.
Give A Gift Of Endless Joy this Christmas!
Adopt A Dolphin for a loved one this Christmas and give a gift that keeps on giving! By becoming a Dolphin Guardian, you'll be helping to Save Our Oceans and Protect our Precious Dolphins! There are six dolphins from Byron Bay to choose from. Each comes with a unique adoption pack. Order now and receive your package in plenty of time before Christmas! The hardest choice to make is which dolphin to choose!
Dolphin Education Programs
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!
Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project
Our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project has kicked off with a great start to the Winter 2014 field season.  The project which aims to assess the abundance and health status of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins is funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and co-partnered with the Department of Environment & Heritage. Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are a conservation priority both in Australia and abroad, with small fragmented populations in shallow inshore environments. The populat...
Byron Whale Fest 2014
Byron Whale Fest 2014 - Bowe Jingi Walla 7-8th June  2014 We are proud to present the Byron Bay Whale festival, to celebrate the return of the whales, the oceans and the Earth! The weekend will be full of activities and opportunities to enjoy learning, watching and helping whales, dolphins and our precious Oceans. Look out for 7th June 6.30-10.30pm and come along to our Oceans Art Exhibition & Fundraiser at the Cavvanbah Room, Byron Bay Community Centre.  The Exhibition will feature...
‘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 ...

DOLPHIN RESEARCH AUSTRALIA

Byron Bay Bottlenose Dolphin

Byron Bay Bottlenose Dolphin

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!

 

Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions

Australian humpback dolphin in Moreton Bay Marine Park

Australian humpback dolphin in Moreton Bay Marine Park

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 2015 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 2015 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 http://www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com/dolphin-expeditions/

 Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins at play near the Brisbane River Port, QLD

Our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project has kicked off with a great start to the Winter 2014 field season.  The project which aims to assess the abundance and health status of Australian humpback dolphins is funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and co-partnered with the Department of Environment & Heritage.

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 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 Dolphin??

Help us raise funds to continue this project simply by clicking on the DONATE NOW link.  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!!

Learn about our Environment with our Primary & High School Education Programs

Dolphin Education Team teaching in the great outdoors

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!

Dolphin Ecology Workshop Byron Bay

Dolphin Ecology Workshop Byron Bay

Dolphin Ecology Workshop Byron Bay

Ever wanted to learn more about dolphins and find out how you can help be part of research to help in the conservation of dolphins in your local area? Come and join us for an evening of intrigue and enjoyment at our upcoming Dolphin Ecology Workshop 23rd March 2015 at the Byron Bay Services Club 6.30pm-8.30pm (please arrive 6.15). Entry is $30 which includes year membership to Dolphin Research Australia and workshop pack. Workshop is free for current members! contact us at info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com for bookings and queries.

 

Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers

Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers

Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers

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 will take place on 11th April 2015. To join the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers group, simply send us an email info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com.