Dolphin Watch is a collaborative, citizen science research and education project delivered in partnership with Murdoch and Edith Cowan universities and is a key component of the Department's River Guardians program.
The project was initially launched in 2009 to learn more about the community of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins residing in the Swan Canning Riverpark. On the back of successfully enaging and training over 1000 volunteers in Perth, Dolphin Watch was expanded to Mandurah and Roebuck Bay (Broome) in 2018.
Dolphin Watch recognises the importance of dolphins as potential indicators of river and estuarine health. The project aims to provide a better understanding of dolphin ecology and their interactions with human activities, to better understand our marine and estuarine environments.
To become an official Dolphin Watcher and actively participate in the Dolphin Watch project, members of the public can attend a free Dolphin Watch training session. These are held intermittently through the course of the year – check out our What’s On page or follow us on social media for details of upcoming sessions.