Creatures of the Wild
learn about mandurah’s playful Dolphins
A Mandurah dolphin cruise is our region’s most popular tourist attraction. The Peel-Harvey Estuary is home to more than 100 dolphins ~ the largest resident population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins in Western Australia. There are another 30 dolphins who live in the Dawesville Cut, plus hundreds more along our coastline who also occasionally visit Mandurah’s inland waterways.
What makes the experience of seeing Mandurah’s dolphins so special, is the fact they are wild creatures in their natural habitat. They are not fed. They choose to be here and come and go as they please, on their terms. We are incredibly lucky they are such naturally curious and playful animals, who are very happy to share their life with us.
Read below for some fascinating dolphin facts and see our dolphin blog for the latest news about our amazing Mandurah dolphins.
nature’s wonders of the water
Mandurah’s waterways are not only visually beautiful ~ they are loved by dolphins. They are the perfect home for dolphins due to an abundance of fish. The shallow, warm, protected water is also great for birthing. The large population of dolphins in Mandurah shows how healthy our waterways are.
The size of an adult dolphin in Mandurah ranges from 2.3 to 2.6 metres long and they weigh up to 220kg. At birth they are approximately one metre in length, weighing up to 20kg.
So individual are our dolphin friends, we know them all by name! Bottlenose dolphins can live to more than 40 years of age and we have a number of dolphins in Mandurah who are older than 25. Often spotted on our dolphin cruises are Nikki, Bendy Wendy Fourteen, Bitts, Blake, Jack Daniels, Frankenstein, Twenty Two, Zero One and friends.