Caring for dolphins

If you see dolphins in distress, please call the Department of Parks and Wildlife WILDCARE Helpline on (08) 9474 9055. WILDCARE Helpline provides 24-hour state-wide referral to a dedicated group of volunteer wildlife carers and professionals for anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife.

Please observe these simple rules when you are using the Swan Canning Riverpark:

  • Keep away from dolphins – never approach a wild dolphin and make sure you keep at least 30 metres away if you are in the water or 100 metres if you are in a boat;
  • Never feed dolphins – it is illegal and leaves them vulnerable to entanglement, boat strikes, and disease;
  • Slow down for dolphins - dolphins often form resting groups in the middle reaches of the estuary, so keep an eye out for dolphins, and slow down if you spot any; and
  • Take your rubbish home with you and fish responsibly - dolphins, particularly calves, can get tangled in fishing line. Dispose of unwanted fishing line in a rubbish bin or specially designed fishing line bins. Locations of fishing line bins.

For more information on why feeding dolphins can harm, check out this website developed to help educate people about this global problem. http://www.dontfeedwilddolphins.org/

The poster below was developed by Murdoch University researcher Delphine Chabanne to help raise awareness of the impact of fishing line on Perth's dolphin population. 

Impact of the urban development on dolphins - Entanglement in fishing line