It was a beautiful day on March 8, as the Dolphin Watch field research crew went out on the water on Survey 184 to celebrate the group’s 12th birthday.
As well as enhancing data collection opportunities, brilliant sunshine and the crystal clear, pristine waters of Smiths Bay and Dashwood Bay made a perfect backdrop for 20 mainly resting bottlenose dolphins, including a new calf and juvenile.
A peaceful, productive day on the water was followed by a special barbecue at Emu Bay, allowing volunteers, old and new, to celebrate 12 years of data collection and conservation effort.
The group thanked operational partner Andrew Neighbour and Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures for their outstanding long term support - a fantastic collaboration for one of Australia’s longest running, data rich Citizen Science projects.
“A peaceful, productive day on the water was followed by a special barbecue at Emu Bay for the group’s 12th birthday”
Dolphin Watch collects images and video footage which helps identify individual dolphins by distinctive dorsal fins and body markings.
The vital data is used to record movements and habitats, creating a sustainable, longitudinal study of international significance.
During the past 12 years Dolphin Watch has incorporated strategies which helps provide educational experiences such as the joint collaboration with KI Sealink.
Passengers on the Sealink are asked to participate in data collection by providing details of images and sightings of dolphins.
This initiative gains more than 70,000 extra sets of eyes to help the organisation keep track of the dolphins.
People can download their images and record their sightings through the Dolphin Watch website and they can become citizen scientists through education about impacts on the mammals and their habitat.
For more information on the Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch visit http://www.kangarooislanddolphinwatch.com.au