The dolphins were out and about every day in the 3rd week of January. On most occasions they were sighted feeding which is a good sign of how healthy our waterways are; proving them with plenty of fish and other sea food to eat. On a number of occasions whilst feeding they were sighted throwing fish into the air, showing off their catch. They were also sighted mating on a number of occasions which is great news for Mandurah’s future dolphin population!
14th January – The dolphins were hungry and spent most of the day looking for food! On our 11am cruise, a pod of 5+ dolphins were sighted along Fairbridge road feeding. Resident dolphin Nicki and giggles were a part of this pod. This same pod of dolphins was also sighted on our 12 noon cruise rounding up fish in the shallow water along the Eastern Foreshore. Another pod of dolphins were sighted on our 1pm cruise near the marina and heading towards Mandjar bay in search of a feed. Nicki, giggles and their pod were sighted again in the afternoon on our 3pm cruise feeding along Fairbridge Road. On our 4pm cruise, this same pod of dolphins had made their way down to the front of King Carnival chasing fish. After feeding all day, having full bellies, they joined us for a ride on the waves our boat produces.
15th January – The dolphins were out and about all day! A large pod of 12+ dolphins were sighted on our 11am cruise along the Eastern Foreshore but weren’t interested in coming for a ride as they were too busy feeding. This same pod made their way towards Mandjar Bay and the Mandurah Ocean Marina where they came for a ride, leaping about on the waves our boat produced and riding the bow. This same pod of dolphins stayed in the Mandurah waterways for most of the day. Another smaller pod was sighted near the New Mandurah Estuary Bridge on one of our afternoon cruises.
16th January – The dolphins were out and about all day taking part in a number of activities… feeding, playing and mating. Our 10am cruise saw a pod of 8 – 10 dolphins in Mandjar Bay near our jetty and The Sebel Hotel. They were in a very playful mood… Throwing fish around and leaping in the air after them. One of our vessels – the Mandjar – sighted the another pod of dolphins in Mandurah’s waterways all day. They were feeding. Playing and mating. Nicki and Giggles were a part of this pod.
17th January – A pod of 6 dolphins were sighted all day feeding and throwing fish around. This pod was first sighted in Mandjar Bay and remained in the area going as far as the old bridge and ocean entrance for the day. Nicki and giggles were a part of this pod.
18th January – The dolphins were active all day! First sighted on our 10am cruise near the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge, they joined us for a ride on the waves produced by our boat. A pod near Stingray Point on our 12 noon cruise were in a playful mood, joining us for a ride on our waves to the Mandurah Ocean Marina. On our 2pm cruise a pod of 6 joined us for a ride on the bow of our boat as we made our way out of the Mandjar. Our 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm cruises also sighted dolphins in pods consisting of 2 to 10 members.
19th January – Dolphins wee sighted on most of our cruises. On our 12:30pm cruise solo dolphin Harry Houdiniwas sighted briefly. On our 2:30pm cruise a pod of 4 dolphins were sighted near Stingray Point heading towards the canals, they were too hungryto want to join us for a ride on our waves. Another pod of 6+ dolphins were sighted on one of our afternoon cruises just south of the New Mandurah Estuary Bridge. Feeding and playing. They joined us for a short ride on our waves.
20th January – A pod of dolphins were sighted in the Mandurah Ocean Marina prior to our cruises, they had been feeding. This same pod was then sighted on our 10am cruise mating near Stingray Point. On our 2pm cruise a pod of 5+ joined our boat for a ride on the waves and bow from Stingray Point to the Ocean Enterance.
There were many photos and videos taken during this week and we get them up on our website and Facebook page soon.
We also encourage you to share your sightings, photos and videos on our Facebook page!
And remember, 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.
Check out this interesting article on the Fox News Website:
This is a story of survival… a dolphin named Chance.
“It was the day before Thanksgiving in 2011 when a rescue team found Chance stranded on the beach in Fort Morgan, Ala. The dolphin was in dire shape, with cuts, scrapes and bruises covering his body. Several of the animal’s bones were broken, and he was dehydrated and barely able to breathe. Chance was part of a record number of dolphins that washed up on shore along the Gulf Coast in 2011 following the BP oil spill. None of the other 145 dolphins had survived. For weeks, trainers worked on Chance 24/7 – treating him, keeping him afloat, and keeping him alive. Everyday was a miracle as he continually defied the odds to survive and recover. After six months, this special dolphin had recovered so much he was moved into a bigger pool where he began working with trainers toward his next big goal – performing in front of audiences in IMMS’s conservation educational program.” – Fox News
There is also a must see video on Chance the dolphin and his amazing survival: