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 ...
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...

DOLPHIN RESEARCH AUSTRALIA

bottlenose dolphin calf
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!

 

 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 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 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 Indo-Pacific 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!