DOLPHIN WATCH CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM
What is Dolphin Watch?
Our Dolphin Watch Citizen Science program provides a platform for the community to assist in understanding and monitoring of coastal dolphins whilst providing opportunities for education and environmental awareness. Citizen scientists can contribute by reporting information on dolphin sightings. Dolphin sighting reports received from Dolphin Watchers contribute to understanding the long-term status, ecology and protection of local dolphin populations.
The Dolphin Watch initiative provides an opportunity for you to help monitor the populations of dolphins in your local area or in areas that you are visiting.
How to Get Involved
Anyone can be a Dolphin Watch citizen scientist!
It is easy to get involved.
- Have you seen a dolphin? – Simply report your dolphin sighting and enter in all the details via our online sighting form. When you see dolphins, take note of how many you see, what species they are, their location and what they are doing. Take photographs when you can too.
- You can also become a trained Dolphin Watcher by attending one of our field training days where you’ll learn the basics in recording and interpreting dolphin behaviours. As a trained Dolphin Watcher in our protocols, you will also be able to conduct your own citizen science surveys from land-based platforms.
- Attend one of the community presentations, events or visit us at our market stall. For updates on when and where these will take place, please sign up to our enewsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
- If you would like to get even more involved with our programs, you can also become a volunteer as a Dolphin Ambassador.
How your Observations Help
You can help to understand and monitor dolphins in your area by reporting your dolphin sightings. Every sighting helps!
We can learn a lot about the dolphins from sighting information and a photograph, all of which will help to understan
- Species presence and distribution
- Population trends and status
- Movement and residency patterns
- Habitat Use
- Health & conservation needs of populations