Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch volunteers, old and new, enjoyed a celebratory day out surveying the dolphins in their safe sheltered inshore habitat at pristine Dashwood Bay recently.
The citizen science project involving volunteers of all ages commenced with the first two training surveys with mentors, volunteers and students in November 2005, but the first survey "on their own" on March 8, 2006 led to the "official birthday".
Good conditions on board operational partners Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures made for excellent data collection over the observation period, plus a generous sprinkling of magnificent raptor sightings throughout the survey.
Sighted were 30-plus bottlenose dolphins rested in close proximity to the boat, and frenetic play and mating were interspersed with slow, relaxed travel up and down the shoreline.
A delightful celebration lunch followed at the Emu Bay Lavender Farm, complete with a stunning, delicious cake.
KI/VH Dolphin Watch wish to thank KI Marine Adventures, The Big Duck Boat Tours in Victor Harbor, mentors, sponsors, friends and supporters, and all the wonderful volunteers, who have made it all happen.
More than 13 years and 300 plus surveys in the region, collecting data to inform protection and conservation measures related to dolphins and whales in regional waters.