The Dolphin Watchers Network is a Citizen Science Program that provides an opportunity for anyone to contribute directly to the research, appreciate and learn about dolphins and their environment. The Dolphin Watcher Network is an important that helps us to understand of the status and ecology of cetaceans along the Australian coastline.
The program provides you the opportunity to help monitor the populations of dolphins in your local area or in areas where you are visiting. As we, the researchers, can not always be out observing the dolphins all along the coastline, we are appealing to the community for assistance. In doing so, you can help provide important information on the status and health of dolphins in your area.
How do I become a Dolphin Watcher?
It’s so simple to become a Dolphin Watcher! All you need to do is Report your Dolphin Sightings! Whether your walking the dog, fishing in the river, or cruising at sea, if you see a dolphin, we want to hear about it!
Simply click the tab above ‘Report A Sighting‘ tab above and fill in the required fields. Note too, that you can also submit photos of the encounter if you were lucky enough to have your camera handy in the moment.
Each one of your sightings then gets entered into our database of sightings.
How does my Dolphin Sighting help?
Your sighting reports can help us monitor the dolphins in your area, their population status, residency patterns, habitat use and so much more!
Our Dolphin Watchers are from all over Australia. Some have provided the first documentation of resident dolphins in their region, others have helped us attend to injured and distressed dolphins too.
So remember, if you see a dolphin, report your sighting to Dolphin Research Australia!
What information is useful and how do I identify dolphins?
For Dolphin Watchers in northern New South Wales and Moreton Bay regions, you may enjoy reading some information about dolphins in these regions by downloading our booklets on our ‘Learn about dolphins‘ page.
We are also working on more useful information to guide our Dolphin Watchers! Keep a look out for new resources coming out soon!