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Meet our Newborn Dolphins for 2015!

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From mid-January to mid-April (in 3 months) 2015 we have had 5 new dolphins born in Mandurah’s waterways (that we know of) which is wonderful!

All the mums have been sighted spending a lot of time together along with their calves which happens each birthing season. This has resulted in a large combined pod of 20+ dolphins sighted together on many occasions predominantly in Mandurah city waterways but also the estuary and Dawesville Cut. Aside from the social benefits the dolphins receive from this, they also receive more protection for their newborns. (more…)

1 Day 50+ Mandurah’s Dolphins!

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On Thursday 3rd April 2014, one of our crew members cruised Mandurah’s waters from the city, across the Peel Inlet to the Murray River, down through the Harvey Estuary, the Dawesville Cut and back along the ocean to where they started. On this cruise (~3-4 hours) they sighted over 50 different common bottle nose dolphins! This large number of sightings is a good indication of how large Mandurah’s dolphin population is and how healthy or waterways are to be able to sustain this number of dolphins. (more…)

Mandurah’s Dolphins Show Off As Per Usual!

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The 2nd half of July and 1st week of August saw temperatures again average 18 degrees and 17 of the 28 days record rain.  As previously mentioned, although we are in the winter months and experiencing cooler weather with rain, this doesn’t deter the dolphins.  They live in water and so the rain doesn’t bother them at all.  Our waterways are also calm, protected and warmer than the ocean so it makes an ideal place of residence for the dolphins.  They don’t migrate like whales and so we still see the dolphins in large numbers at this time of the year.  In fact, over this 4 week period, on days where rain was recorded we experienced the most dolphin sightings!  (more…)

Cruising With A Huge Pod Of 30+ Dolphins!

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The 2nd half of June and 1st week of July saw temperatures average 18 degrees and 11 of the 28 days record rain.  Although we are in the winter months and experiencing cooler weather with rain this doesn’t deter the dolphins.  They live in water and so the rain doesn’t bother them at all.  Our waterways are also calm, protected and warmer than the ocean so it makes an ideal place of residence for the dolphins.  They don’t migrate like whales and so we still see the dolphins in large numbers at this time of the year.  (more…)

Pod Of Dolphins Adopt A New Friend… A seal!

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Dolphins were sighted every day and on most of our cruises during the 5th week of May and 1st week of June.  Mandurah experienced a bit of rain on 8 of the days (31mm rain in total) and temperatures hovered around the 20 degree mark.  The bit of rain didn’t deter the dolphins, as it turns out they don’t mind getting wet ;)  Larger pods of around 8 dolphins were sighted on numerous occasions.  All of these large pods were very playful and joined us for a ride on our boat’s waves and under our boat’s bow.  (more…)

Playful, Large Pods in Mandurah’s Waterways!

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The 3rd and 4th week of May saw finer weather with temperatures in the low 20’s and rain recorded on only 2 days (11mm of rain on 17th May and 9.2mm of rain on 19th May).  The dolphins were sighted on most days and on most of our cruises.  Usually dolphins are sighted in Mandurah’s waterways in small pods of 2 -6.  However, during these 2 weeks large pods were sighted on numerous occasions…  A pod of 15 dolphins near the Peel Inlet entrance (14th May), a pod of 12 dolphins at the Mariners Cove entrance (15th May), a pod of 12+ dolphins near the New Mandurah Estuary Bridge (20th May), a pod of 20+ dolphins in the Dawesville Cut (23rd May). (more…)

Stormy week doesn’t deter the dolphins!

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Dolphins were sighted every day and on most of our cruises during the 2nd week of May.  The South West experienced severe weather – strong winds and heavy rain – mid week for a few days.  A total of 56.6mm of rain was recorded in the Mandurah area for the week and temperatures were around the 20 degree mark.  On 7th May dolphins sighted on our cruises were all heading towards the Peel Inlet. (more…)

Curious Dolphins Join In With the Stretch Arts Festivities!

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The 1st week of May saw temperatures in the low to mid 20’s with a bit of rain towards the end of the week.  The rainy weather however doesn’t bother the dolphins as funnily enough they don’t mind getting wet.  The dolphins were sighted every day and on most of our cruises.  On most occasions they were searching for food, rounding up and chasing fish.  They were sighted catching plenty of fish, mainly mullet which there have been in our waterways in large numbers these past few weeks. (more…)

Calves Suckling, ANZAC Day & A Full Moon!

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Dolphins were sighted every day and on most of our cruises during the 4th week of April.  Mandurah had 13mm of rain on Monday before fining up for the rest of the week, with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s.  This week saw high tides with a Full Moon on the 26th April.  As discussed in previous blogs, the full moon effects the dolphins behaviour and so days surrounding the full moon sighted an extreme level of dolphin activity and playfulness. (more…)

Dolphins In Large Numbers, Active & Playful All Week!

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The 3rd week of April saw another beautiful autumn’s week here in Mandurah with temperatures in the mid 20’s.  The dolphins were sighted every day and on most of our cruises.  They were throughout our waterways in large numbers and were very active all week.  The dolphins were quick to swim over to our boat and greet us on many occasions this week.  They are very social creatures and will often approach humans out of curiosity. (more…)

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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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