Dolphin Watch celebrated its 11th birthday in style on March 8 with a research survey at Dashwood Bay aboard project partner Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures’ flagship ‘Zeehond’.
A perfect day gave the dedicated crew of volunteers, old and new, a fantastic opportunity to observe at close hand between 70 and 80 dolphins, resting, socialising, mating and generally having fun in a magnificent pristine environment.
A barbecue at Emu Bay followed giving coordinator Tony Bartram a chance to thank KIMA for their outstanding support over 11 years of research effort of this iconic species and their habitats. A huge vote of thanks is also due to all the wonderful volunteers of all ages and long term local sponsors Sealink KI, KI Paperworks, Raptor Domain and the Ozone Hotel, and mentors, sponsors, supporters, scientists and collaborators.
As challenges increase, the invaluable data collected by these citizen scientists is being called upon more and more to inform management decisions with respect to the health of the marine environment.