Dolphin Survey Week

We need your help

From Saturday 27 February, to Friday 5 March, we would like to know the locations and behaviour of every dolphin in the Bunbury region, from Binningup in the North to Peppermint Grove Beach in the South, and everywhere in between.

This includes sightings in the Leschenault Estuary, in the Inlet, the Collie and Preston rivers, and offshore.
You can partake in the Survey on land or sea, from your boat, your home, a walking path, alone or as part of a group.
Even if you don’t see any dolphins we would like a survey form to know when you were looking and where you were.
Knowing where the dolphins are not, is just as important as knowing where they are.

All you will need is our Survey Kit, and, if possible, a camera or smartphone for a photo of the dorsal fin.

Remember not to interfere with the dolphin’s natural behaviours, and if you ever spot a dolphin or other marine animal in distress you can contact the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055, the Dolphin Discovery Centre on (08) 9791 3088, or our Conservation Manager on 0407280020.


 

Please use the below form to upload your Survey forms and any images you took.

 

Dolphin Survey

  • Drop files here or
  • Please upload one survey form and the corresponding images. Please do a separate lodgment for corresponding forms.
Close up of dolphin swimming
Dolphin jumping out of water
Pod of dolphins swimming in the same direction
Research - 'I was fortunate to spend years studying the Bunbury dolphin population for my PhD but now it’s time to pass on this knowledge to others so that they can continue the good work monitoring and conserving the important population’ – Holly Raudino, PhD, Marine Research Scientist

Downloads

Below are the forms you will need to help take part in the Survey.

Dolphin Dashboard Survey Form

This is an interactive PDF to be able to record more detailed information of your sightings

Dolphin Quick Identification Sheet

This is a list of some of our more frequent dolphins in the area, including pictures and some information on them.  These pictures are also a great example of what we are looking for from images.