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History of the local Bunbury Dolphins

During the mid 1960’s, Mrs Evelyn Smith, a local resident, began feeding the dolphins from a small jetty near her home on the Leschenault Inlet (directly south of the Discovery Centre). Unfortunately, she passed away in the early 70′s ceasing any regular feeding of the dolphins she befriended. Some dolphins continued to be fed by the public from areas nearby. However it wasn’t until 1989 that a dolphin specialist was hired by the newly established Bunbury Dolphin Trust to continue this tradition and begin feeding and studying the local dolphins of Koombana Bay.

Mrs Smith feeding the dolphins in the 1960′s

Mrs Smith loved her dolphins

The start of a legacy for Bunbury

From this work came the establishment of the Interaction Zone in 1990 and the Dolphin Discovery Centre in 1994 to allow tourists and members of the community to interact, understand and enjoy the group of five to six dolphins that regularly visit this Zone.

We don’t clearly understand why the dolphins continue to visit the Zone today however research does suggest that the small amount of food they receive as a reward for their visit is not the only attraction. There are many dolphins that visit the Zone regularly that do not receive any fish and many of them stay for extended periods of time for interaction with the human visitors.

Sick and injured dolphins also treat the beach as a haven, with some repeatedly visiting during periods of illness or injury.

A weekly dolphin visitation chart is maintained on site as a guide for people who visit the Centre.

The Dolphin Discovery Centre has finished stage one of its redevelopment to include new aquariums, the world’s first Digital Dolphinarium, a 3D short movie, beach wheelchair access and cafe.  The DDC will continue to grow and increase its resources to further make its mark on the tourism industry and to continue to care  and conserve the Koombana Bay dolphins.

From Our Blog

Turtles washing up on our beaches

Last weekend saw the first marine turtle stranded along our coast for winter 2014. It was a Green Turtle and was found lying on its back near Dalyellup beach by a local beach walker. Measuring almost 45cm’s

Dolphin Update

The last 4 weeks have been incredible for our local dolphins with calm weather and warm water creating the perfect scenario for the tail end of their breeding season. There are still a lot of dolphins

Banning of Whale killings

Can someone please explain to me why it has taken so long to stop the killing of whales in our southern oceans?  Despite the International Whaling Commission (IWC) enacting a moratorium on all commercial

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