We are pleased to announce the publication of the following article in the Journal of Applied Ecology: The importance of spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) resting habitat: implications for management Authors: Julian Tyne, David Johnston, Robert Rankin, Neil Loneragan and Lars Bejder Spinner dolphins found off the Kona Coast, Hawai’i Island need sheltered bays for rest […]
What began with the intention of a quiet day in the office at the South West Marine Research Program….. ….. rapidly shifted direction during the morning of Monday 23 March 2015. A phone call came in notifying me (Murdoch University’s PhD candidate John Symons) of a stranding of > 20 long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) […]
Research into the impacts of human activity on Bunbury’s bottlenose dolphin population has been given a financial boost by local industry, government and community organisations. The Southern Port Authority-Port of Bunbury, the South West Development Commission, Cristal Mining and the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre are all partnering with Murdoch University to fund further investigations into local […]
Summer time – the pros and cons It is soon summer in Western Australia (Perth) and many people have already started enjoying the weather by spending time at the beach, fishing, and boating. Indeed, it is a beautiful time of year. During summer months, we encounter many groups of dolphins including both resident and non-resident dolphins. The non-resident dolphins […]
MUCRU researchers have today released a new report on the abundance of inshore dolphins in Roebuck Bay, adjacent to Broome in Australia’s north-west. The report was presented to WWF-Australia, who co-funded this research along with the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and Murdoch University as part of a broader study into inshore dolphins in the Kimberley Region. Click […]
Counting Broome’s snubfins: MUCRU researchers estimate the abundance of inshore dolphins in Roebuck Bay
MUCRU PhD candidate Alex Brown has recently returned from a second month of inshore dolphin surveys in the waters of Roebuck Bay, adjacent to the town of Broome in Australia’s north-west. This follows on from an initial month of surveys last October, which resulted in a report presented to WWF-Australia, who co-funded and helped facilitate […]
Almost three years of data collection Winter 2011 marked our first boat-based survey looking for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Perth metropolitan waters. CEDP aims to ensure the long-term conservation of our dolphins by undertaking a comprehensive investigation into the population biology and ecosystem linkages. In the past two years and nine months, we […]
September 2013 was my fourth and last scheduled visit to Cygnet Bay to collect data on the abundance and genetic connectivity of tropical inshore dolphins in the Kimberley.
I (Shona, Honours student at MUCRU) have been given the opportunity to test the Coastal Walkabout smart-phone app in the Kimberley during 11-20 September, and would like to share this experience with you. Follow the trail here!
PhD student Alex Brown reports on some highlights from the early ‘dry’ season of the Kimberley inshore dolphin project.