Dolphin Watch

Cetacean Morbillivirus returns to Perth coastal waters

Learn more about the disease that has recently claimed the lives of five dolphins, including two of our resident juveniles (Zari and Echo) in this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Read more in the media statement here.

Dolphin Watch Background

The Dolphin Watch project launched in April 2009 and focuses on one of the Swan Canning Riverpark’s most iconic species; Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

The Dolphin Watch project is a partnership between the Parks and Wildlife Service River Guardians program, at Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and Murdoch and Curtin Universities, and was instigated to learn more about the community of bottlenose dolphins residing in the Swan and Canning rivers.

DBCA, together with Murdoch and Curtin Universities, developed Dolphin Watch as a collaborative, citizen science research and education project. The project is a key component of the Department’s River Guardians program.

Dolphin Watch recognises the importance of dolphins as potential indicators of river health and aims to provide better understanding of dolphin ecology and their interactions with human activities, to better understand our iconic Riverpark.

Image Delphine Chabanne