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.
The Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project (CEDP) collects photo-identification, behavioural, and longitudinal data to support the long-term conservation of bottlenose dolphins in metropolitan waters of Perth, Western Australia. The beggars The illegal feeding of dolphins is a key conservation issue for dolphins in the Perth area. Finn et al. (2008) reported 14 dolphins resident in Cockburn […]
During our spring field season (Sept-Nov) in Bunbury, Western Australia, we were on the water for over 130 hours and encountered 64 groups of dolphins. Spring is an exciting time to conduct fieldwork because humpback whales pass on their southern migration. During this time, mother and calves pass closer to shore than on their northern […]
Earlier this year, MUCRU commenced research on the poorly understood Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Here, MUCRU Phd candidate Alex Brown reports on an exciting second trip to the Cygnet Bay study site in September 2012.