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.
The end of my final field season on Hawai'i Island crept up on me unawares, and with it the sun set on an incredible 21 month field work adventure.
Do you remember our previous blog about dolphins begging for food handouts from humans? If not, have a look-back to see how the dolphins Backpack and Fingers have changed since the early research in Cockburn Sound in 1990s: Beggars. Backpack and his alliance partner Fingers have been observed begging for food by approaching humans on boats […]
Theodolite, focal follows, acoustic loggers, supervisors, marine mammals a plenty … and it’s not over yet!
My final field season saw the monthly intensive boat-based photo-identification surveys come to an end after two years of data collection. We now concentrate our efforts on collecting theodolite tracking data in both Kealakekua Bay and Kauhako Bay, increasing our focal follow data and continuing to collect more bioacoustic data from our bottom-mounted loggers.