Winter Season 2010 Ends


The Dolphin Ecology & Acoustics Project Winter 2010 field season has now come to an end.  We had some great weather along the way, with some of the clearest visibility we’ve seen all year.  Lots of dolphins as always and also lots of feeding with lots of prey species migrating along the coast.  We were […]

Oil Spill Effects Cetaceans of the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico oil leak continues to spill out over 4 million litres (higher end estimate) of oil each day and is one of the worst that has occurred on Earth.  It began over 70 days ago and now stretches along 190km of coastline.  The spill threatens the very core of the natural ecosystems […]

Marine Debris Causes Whale Deaths

A recent paper published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin reports on the results of the cause of death of two sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) stranded in 2008 along the coast of California.  The cause of death was a result of the ingestion of large amounts of fishing net scraps, rope and other plastic debris that […]

TO THE SEA Art Exhibition & Fundraiser

TO THE SEA A DOLPHIN ECOLOGY AND ACOUSTICS PROJECT SPECIAL EVENT. To celebrate the launch of DEAP’s two newest programs ‘Adopt a Dolphin’ and ‘The Dolphin Sighting Network’ we’re throwing ourselves a little fundraiser. And what better way to do so than through an ode to the seaside represented in the artworks and photographs donated […]

Autumn 2010 season ends with a blast!

Our Dolphin Ecology & Acoustics Project autumn2010 season has now come to a close.  It was another successful series of data collection.  Each day we had some great dolphin action with lots of surfing and socialising.  We were blessed with some great weather and got some good kayaking surveys in.  We also saw the first of […]

Snubfin dolphins under threat

The Australian snubfin dolphin, which closely resembles the Irrawaddy dolphin, is Australia’s only endemic dolphin species. These dolphins are found in small, isolated populations inhabiting shallow coastal waters around northern Australia from Broome to the Brisbane River. The snubfin dolphin is not thought to be a common species and is listed as ‘rare’ under the […]

Plastic debris in stomach of gray whale

On April 18th, on the other side of the world, an adult male gray whale was found dead on the shores of West Seattle in the United States.  Although the cause of death is not currently known, researchers from Cascadia Research found some unusal stomach contents.  In the stomach of the gray whale there was 20 […]

First Dolphin Sighting Network Workshop


  Have you ever wanted to learn about dolphins and how you can help to conserve them?  Then join the DEAP Dolphin Sighting Network.  The Network encourages members of the community to report their dolphin sightings.  A single sighting can be very useful for researchers.  You can become a certified member of the Dolphin Sighting Network by […]

Autumn 2010 season off to a good start

On Saturday 24th April, we began our Autumn 2010 field season.  Beautiful warm sunny weather greeted us as well as the dolphins.  The research kayak had a great encounter with a group off Watego’s Beach. The team captured some big leaps and a newborn bottlenose dolphin calf.  We are looking forward to the rest of […]

Preparations begin for Autumn 2010

We’re busy getting ready for the next Dolphin Ecology & Acoustic Project’s research field season in Byron Bay.  The Autumn research season is set to begin 24th April 2010 to 10th May 2010.  For two weeks we will once again be on the water and up the top of the Cape Byron Lighthouse logging the […]

Adopt your own Dolphin!


  You can adopt your very own dolphin from Byron Bay and help support the research.  This month, we will be officially launching our Dolphin Adoption Program. By becoming a guardian of a dolphin, you will be able to keep track and learn about your dolphin with the researchers.  Check out our Adopt-A-Dolphin page for […]

Our very own research vessel!

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Our Very Own Research Vessel! Thanks to our sponsors, the Cape Byron Marine Park Authority, GoSea Kayaks and Bunyips Outdoor camping store we now have our very own research vessel… A Hobie Odyssey kayak!  After a little getting used too, and a few man overboard incidents, we now have the capacity to paddle out into […]