Dorsal Fins

Dolphin Dorsal Fins, Byron Bay, Australia

The Dolphin Watchers Network is an opportunity for anyone to contribute directly to the research, appreciate and learn about dolphins and their environment.  The Dolphin Research Australia Sighting Network is an important initiative that will provide education and awareness throughout the community in addition to improving the understanding of the status and ecology of cetaceans along the Australian coastline.

It is an opportunity for you to help monitor the populations of dolphins in your local area or in areas where you are visiting.  As we, the researchers, can not always be out observing the dolphins all along the coastline, we are appealing to the community for assistance.  In doing so, you can help provide important information on the status and health of dolphins in your area.

Anyone can become a certified dolphin observer by attending one of our regular training workshops held between the Gold Coast, Queensland and Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.  By becoming a certified dolphin observer, your reports will be contributing to the knowledge base of the dolphin populations from south east Queensland to central New South Wales.

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 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)