Dolphins and whales belong to the order Cetacea. The order Cetacea is broken down into two different groups or sub orders – baleen whales (Mysticeti) and toothed whales (Odontoceti). Dolphins are small toothed whales (Odontocetes) and belong to the family Delphinidae. There are approximately 30 species within this family.
The Koombana Bay dolphins are Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). They have beaks that are short, usually only 7-8 cm long, wide and rounded, with a lower jaw which protrudes conspicuously beyond the upper. The line of the mouth is soft and curves upwards at the back to give this species its familiar, faintly amused facial expression.
Bottlenose dolphins can stay underwater for 8-10 minutes, however the average “down time” is 2 or 3 minutes. When a dolphin dives the blowhole shuts completely, otherwise their lungs would fill with water and they would drown.
Students from schools across the South West will come together next Tuesday (6th September) as part of Kids Teaching Kids Week 2016. Following on from the success of Bunbury’s inaugural Kids Teaching
The whales are back! Reports of the first whale sighting off Bunbury occurred on the weekend marking what experts believe to be the busiest whale migration on record. Check out the latest Marine Matters
Sorry about the corny title for this blog but really it is...it's SUPERDOLPHIN! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, SUPERDOLPHIN appeared in Koombana Bay last weekend to the delight of our swim