The 4th week of December brought about a heat wave with temperatures above 37 degrees! Mandurah’s waterways were extremely busy as it was the best place to escape from the heat and the dolphins agreed. They were sighted every day of the week and joined us on many occasions for a ride on the waves we produce. Our staff who were out on water on their days off also saw plenty of dolphins throughout Mandurah’s waterways.
24th December – The dolphins were active all day, sighted around Stingray Point and near the ocean entrance. They were in pods of 4 to 6 and were happily feeding most of the time.
25th December – Christmas Day!
26th December – Dolphins were sighted on many of our cruises this day in various locations around Mandurah’s waterways. A pair were sighted on our 10:30am cruise feeding in Mandjar Bay and joined us for a ride on our way out into the channel. A pod was sighted on our 11am cruise feeding near the new Mandurah Estuary Bridge. A pair were sighted on our 12:30pm cruise feeding near the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge. A pod was sighted along Fairbridge road Halls Head happily feeding, they had just exited the Mandurah Ocean Marina.
27th December – The dolphins were active all day, sighted on all of our cruises and joining us for a ride on many of them too. They were having a great time feeding between the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge and new Mandurah Estuary Bridge from 10am til 12:30pm. Popular resident dolphin Nicki was in this pod with her calf. At 1pm 3 dolphins were seen heading from Stingray Point to the ocean entrance. On our 3pm and 4pm cruises a pod of 4 joined us for a ride after feeding in Mandjar Bay. Dolphins were also sighted by one of our staff members on their day off near Boundary Island and a large pod of 10 or so in the Dawesville cut around midday.
28th December – On our 10am cruise 4 dolphins joined us for a ride on the waves our boats produce. On our 2:30pm cruise 2 dolphins were sighted in the Mandurah Ocean Marina feeding. Again our staff on their day off who were on the water sighted the dolphins out and about all day in Mandurah’s waterways.
29th December – A few dolphins were sighted on our 11am cruise feeding near the Mandurah Ocean Marina. On our 1pm cruise 3 were sighted feeding and playing near the new Mandurah Estuary Bridge. Again our staff on their day off who were on the water sighted the dolphins out and about all day in Mandurah’s waterways.
30th December – The dolphins were out and about all day. A few dolphins were sighted near the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge fishing on our 11:30am cruise. Solo dolphin Harry Houdini was sighted on our 2pm cruise looking for a feed. On our 3pm cruise 8 dolphins were sighted feeding and playing around before coming for a ride on the waves our boat produce.
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is asking residents and visitors to Mandurah and the Peel-Harvey Estuary to be aware of dolphins and other marine animals in the area this holiday season. Dolphins can sometimes become stranded in areas of low water and can get badly sunburnt, so please keep an eye out for dolphins when out boating and abide by boating rules (stick to the correct speed, etc). More details at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/
Please keep on the lookout and alert authorities if they see a distressed or stranded animal by calling the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.
There were many photos and videos taken during this week and we get them up on our website and Facebook page soon.
If you would like to join us on a cruise and see mandurah dolphins just visit the 1hr Dolphin & Canal Cruise page for more info and to book online.
and feel free to share your sightings, photos and videos on our Facebook page!