Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch observes National Science Week for 2021

The Kangaroo Island and Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch group will observe the 11th National Science Week that runs from August 14 to 22, 2021.

The group is facilitating community data input regarding dolphin movements in South Australian waters and asking; "Where do they come from? Where do they go?"

KI/VH Dolphin Watch, a longitudinal citizen science dolphin monitoring project with community volunteers of all ages, has been monitoring common bottlenose dolphins and shortbeaked common dolphins in the region since 2005.

In 2021, the group's 11th National Science Week event is one with a difference.

KI/VH Dolphin Watch is having workshop at the Ozone Hotel on the morning of Friday, August 20, COVID restrictions allowing.

"We are highlighting the wonderful contributions of community data input over the years to the project, supplementing our boat-based and land-based survey effort," group founder Tony Bartram said.

"Community members can assist 'feeding in' images showing where the dolphins are in our region so we can fully recognise and work towards protecting their important habitats in our waters."

There will also be another "National Science Week Brain Break" at 11am at the Ozone workshop and Mike Cosgrove will act as quiz master as he has in the past.

KI/VH Dolphin Watch also continues its community surveys with partner Big Duck at Victor Harbor and KI Marine Adventures as usual, dates dependent on the weather.

One of the 2021 National Science Week Themes is "Food - Now and into the Future".

Scientists believe each bottlenose dolphin requires 25kg of fish per day to maintain its body health, Mr Bartram said.

"We need to ensure they always have their food sources available to them by taking care of their marine habitat," he said.

"We are encouraging further community involvement in our data collection and conservation efforts, providing a common sense of purpose so necessary at this time of recovery.

"If you have any images of dolphins on Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor or the Fleurieu Region, current or from past sightings, we would love to hear from you!"

Images can be emailed or transferred via various forms of media.

Please contact Tony Bartram at sponsorKIDW@outlook.com or bartram@kin.on.net

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