Conserving Through Research
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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 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!!
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!