CetusGeo Whale & Dolphin Magazine!
IT'S HERE! We are very excited to announce our upcoming publication of CetusGeo Whale and Dolphin Magazine! Exclusive to Dolphin Research Australia Inc. members and dolphin guardians, the magazine covers all the latest news in the world of whales, dolphins and so much more! Our first issue is due for release in November 2016. DON'T MISS OUT! To SUBSCRIBE TODAY simply become a member or Adopt-A-Dolphin and you'll automatically receive 1 year subscription.
Our School Holiday Program is Back!
Our Dive In Marine Education Holiday Program is back this NSW Spring Break! Come and join us this Spring Break for a fun morning on Thursday 6th October 9.30am-12.00pm at the Ballina Surf Club! It's a great morning of story telling, crafting and beach cleaning. Click HERE for more information and to book.
Whale & Dolphin Tour Guide Course
ENROL NOW! Our 2-day Whale & Dolphin Tour Guide Training Course will be held in 3-4th May 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia! Our tour guide course provides an introduction to the biology, ecology, behaviour interpretation of cetaceans and regulations in Australia.  The course provides expert instruction for best practice approaches for the operation of cetacean tour businesses and guiding whilst taking into consideration the needs of clients, their expectations, and satisfaction.  The trai...
Join Our 2016 Moreton Bay Expeditions
Join Our Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project as an Eco-volunteer in 2016! Dates have now been announced! Our 2016 Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project Eco-Volunteer dates have now been announced! From May to July 2016, you can join our Dolphin Research Australia team in the field! As an Eco-volunteer you not only become a financial supporter of the research project, but also have the unique opportunity and be part of the team in the field as part of this unique opportunity. Enjoy a week ...
Check Out Our Online Store
Check out our Artists for Dolphins Online Store! Inspired by the Oceans for the Oceans, our Etsy Artists for Dolphins have generously created and donated works to help raise funds for Dolphin Research Australia. Each handcrafted product is a unique piece made with care and love by the artists. We also now have our official Dolphin Research Australia merchandise available through our online store! Check it all out the Dolphin Research Australia Store
Join Our Byron Dolphin Eco-volunteer Team
Byron Bay – Ballina Dolphin Research Expeditions Summer 2016 Our summer 2016 Byron Bay – Ballina Dolphin Research Project field season is just about to kick off! Between January and February 2016, you can join the research team as an Eco-volunteer and assist in observing and recording dolphin behaviour and be part of our long-term dolphin research project. We’ll be using the 41ft yacht Ironbark and setting sail from Ballina and heading along the northern New South Wales coastline obse...
Adopt A Dolphin for Christmas
Adopt A Dolphin for Christmas! We are very excited to announce the expansion of our Adopt-A-Dolphin program. We now have four beautiful dolphins from Moreton Bay up for adoption adding to our six from Byron Bay. We have two female humpback dolphins and two bottlenose dolphins from Moreton Bay. Each have their own personal characteristics we've got to know from our time spent in the field. Please check out our Dolphin Adoption page and profiles and choose which you would like to adopt. The...
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

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Byron Bay Bottlenose Dolphin

Byron Bay Indo-Pacific 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!

DOLPHIN RESEARCH AUSTRALIA INC. is here to help! We are a marine conservation, education and research not-for-profit organisation. Our work is dedicated to improving the understanding of dolphin ecology, status and health and promoting awareness, change and action to help protect and conserve them and their habitats.

CetusGeo Whale & Dolphin Magazine

CetusGeo

CetusGeo

We are excited to announce the first issue of our BRAND NEW Whale and Dolphin Magazine CetusGeo is due for release in November 2016!! The electronic emagazine will cover all the latest news in the world of dolphins, whales and so much more! We’ll be releasing 2 issues each year that will be full of lots of news! Our EXCLUSIVE emagazine is ONLY available to our Dolphin Research Australia Inc. members and dolphin guardians. So if you’d like to subscribe simply Become A Member or Adopt-A-Dolphin TODAY. DON’T MISS OUT!

BECOME A MEMBER HERE

ADOPT-A-DOLPHIN HERE

Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project

Australian humpback dolphins at play near the Brisbane River Port, QLD

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!!

Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Expeditions 2017! Stay tuned for our May-July dates! CLICK HERE for more information about our Dolphin Research Eco-Volunteer Expeditions

 

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!

 

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 for 2016 will take place in January. To join the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers group, simply send us an email info(at)dolphinresearchaustralia.com.