We are pleased to announce the following publication in Marine Mammal Science: Complex prey handling of octopus by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) Authors: Kate R. Sprogis, Holly C. Raudino (nee Smith), David Hocking and Lars Bejder. Full citation: Sprogis, K.R., Raudino, H.C., Hocking, D, and Bejder, L. (2017). Complex prey handling of octopus by bottlenose […]
We are pleased to announce the following open access publication in Frontiers in Marine Science: Site-specific assessments of the abundance of three inshore dolphin species to inform conservation and management. Authors: Alexander M. Brown, Lars Bejder, Kenneth H. Pollock and Simon J. Allen. This publication presents the first estimates of abundance of Australian snubfin, Australian […]
New publication: Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in dorsal fin features of Australian humpback dolphins
We are pleased to announce the following publication in Advances in Marine Biology: Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in dorsal fin features of Australian humpback dolphins, Sousa sahulensis. Authors: Alexander M. Brown, Lars Bejder, Guido J. Parra, Daniele Cagnazzi, Tim Hunt, Jennifer L. Smith and Simon J. Allen. This chapter contributes to one of two […]
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 […]
New publication: Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in north-western Australia
We are pleased to announce publication of the following article in the open access journal PLOS ONE: Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback (Sousa chinensis) dolphins in north-western Australia Authors: Alex Brown*, Anna Kopps*, Simon Allen, Lars Bejder, Bethan Littleford-Colquhoun, Guido Parra, Daniele Cagnazzi, Deborah Thiele, Carol Palmer, Celine Frère. […]
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 […]
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.
Over the past 1.5 years, I have been carrying out dolphin surveys for my PhD in Bunbury, Western Australia, as part of the South West Marine Research Program in stage two of our research. During this time my assistants and I have been boating for over 550 hours. Spending this much time on the water allows us to experience some […]
Spinner dolphins (listen to audio), false killer whales, rough-toothed dolphins and hammerhead sharks (see the video!)
We have now carried out 21 months of photographic-identification of spinner dolphins off Hawai’i Island. Over the past two months, we have encountered spinners dolphins, false killer whales, rough-toothed dolphins and hammerhead sharks. Read more here...
It has been over a year since Kate began her PhD project as part of the South West Marine Research Program. Her project is investigating the habitat use and population dynamics of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Bunbury. Here are some of the recent highlights.
Summer season field work complete Over the summer season (December- February) we encountered 62 dolphin groups. We were on the boat for 25 days (> 144 hours), completing: Six replicates of each of the Inshore, Backbeach and Buffalo Beach transects; and Three replicates of the Busselton, Backbeach offshore and Buffalo Beach offshore transects (see study site […]
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