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Calf Naming Competition!

It has been an exciting year for births in the Riverpark, with 4 resident females giving birth so far. With the latest edition of the FinBook Guide in the works, we would love to name all of our calves before it is published! We are asking for suggestions from the River Guardians community for names of calves born to:

🐬Daniele 🐬Eden🐬Panuni

To make a suggestion head over to our Facebook and leave the name in a comment on our latest post or you can email your suggestions to When making your suggestion, keep in mind we do not know the gender of any of the calves yet!

Please also let us know which dolphins' calf you would like to name (if you have a preference).

photo credit: Panuni and her calf born this year - Dr Delphine Chabanne

National Science Week 2022

National Science Week 2022, 13 - 21 August features in-person and online events, virtual tours, DIY science and more, all across Australia

As a prelude two of the River and Estuaries Science team are providing some in-sight to recent DBCA projects that involved many volunteers, including some of our River Guardians. See info and link below

Riverpark resident, Akuna, seen with a newborn

Our most recognisable resident dolphin Akuna, has been spotted with a newborn calf! 

The first sighting was reported by Dolphin Watch volunteer, Sue Harper, who took the beautiful picture below in late June. Intitially we couldnt be sure if the calf belonged to Akuna as she was observed socialising and fishing with the "mums group" which included Claw and Bobby, Moon and Nganga and Daniele and her new calf. However, after another sighting, research scientist Delphine Chabanne confirmed that Akuna does in fact have a new calf! 


Volunteers needed Reel it in bins

Since our last call out for volunteers, many of our busiest bins have been adopted so thank you for spreading the message and thank you to our new volunteers!

However, we are always searching for more volunteers and this time we are looking to the Northern suburbs for Quinns Rock and Burns Beach bins. If you know anyone living around these areas that might be interested, please ask them to get in touch with us.

Around the Riverpark, there are a few bins still in need of adoption, mainly Keane Street Jetty (next to RFBYC in Peppermint Grove)Narrows Bridge (South Perth foreshore), and Heirisson Island. Please contact us if you can help with these bins or know anyone who can.

If you are interested in adopting a bin and want more information head to our Reel it in page. To register your interest please email us at

photo credit: Tracy Burns

Dolphin Updates around the Riverpark

Latest news from Coastal & Estuarine Dolphin Project seasonal monitoring on the resident dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark

🐬A new calf was born to Panuni, who is mainly observed in the lower reaches of the estuary and the Inner Harbour of Fremantle, was seen with her new calf for the first time. Her calf would have been born within the last month.
🐬All the resident dolphins were seen, except two. With several calves born this year (including to Eden and Daniele), we now count 22 resident dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark with 2 others, Hugs and her calf, spending lots of their time with them.
🐬Early in April, Dunedoo was seen without her calf, also born earlier this year. A member of the public found the remains of her calf a week ago during a low tide. Unfortunately, and as expected, it was too decomposed to gain further information on the cause of death.

If you see these precious newborns, or any of our resident dolphins, don't forget to record your sightings in the Marine Fauna Sighings App. More info can be found here


Photos by Delphine Chabanne