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Mandurah Dolphin Forum

On Monday 9th May 2016, the Estuary Guardians of John Tonkin College put on their third ever dolphin forum at Makeplace, to hear an update from Murdoch’s cetacean researchers Krista Nicholson and Martin van Aswegen on the Mandurah Dolphin Research Project.

The aim of the project is to gain a solid understanding of the bottlenose dolphins using the Peel-Harvey and adjacent coastal waters in Western Australia. The project commenced in January and the team have so far spent over 244 hours on the water and have identified over 300 individuals. Mandurah Cruises are proud to be a major sponsor of this project.

The Estuary Guardians streamed the recent Dolphin Forum live on Facebook. CLICK HERE to watch the forum. The annual major Dolphin Forum is scheduled for 15th August 2016 and is open to the public.


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Mandurah’s Dolphins

Mandurah has a healthy population of Bottle Nose Dolphins (tusiops truncatus) that is estimated to number up to 75 individuals, depending on the time of year. The number increases around mating times when males come in and join the pods. The pods of dolphins average around 10-15 and have sometimes been seen to be as large as 25 down to solitary dolphins or smaller family groups of 3-4.

Their average length is about 3 metres, with calves being about 1 metre long at birth. We normally see baby dolphins appear between December and April. Mandurah's wild dolphins are medium grey in colour with light flanks and pale bellies. They can live up to 30 years and can swim in short bursts up to 40km/h and they love to play in our ferries bow waves and wash. As a matter of fact dolphins are the only other mammals apart from humans that continue to play well into their adult life. And Mandurah's wild dolphins are very playful!

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