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New research in to our resident dolphins worth tuning in to

Tuning in to the signature ‘whistles’ of dolphins could prove a game-changer in being able to accurately track the movements of this much-loved protected species.

Up until now, we've been totally reliant upon visual surveys, both on boats and by our Dolphin Watch volunteers. 

Our scientists and citizen scientists are reliant upon seeing visible nicks and notches in the dorsal fins of individuals to be able to accurately identify them. Due to spending limited time at the surface, this can be extremely challenging at times.

Exciting new research out of Edith Cowan and Curtin universities explores the theory that individual dolphins have a unique signature whistle that can help us identify them without laying eyes on them. 

Dolphin Watch and ECU researcher Associate Professor Chandra Salgado Kent said the project could have significant implications for dolphin conservation.

“Our ultimate aim is to track the movements of individual dolphins through underwater acoustic recorders,” Professor Salgado Kent said.

Sounds interesting, right? Read the full paper here.