Dolphin Watch App information
Dolphin Watch has taken a leap forward! The Dolphin Watch smartphone App helps the community to instantly share observations of dolphins with scientists when their data is entered into the Dolphin Watch citizen science database.
The App allows users to share dolphin sightings, photos and videos with scientists studying dolphins.
Simplifying traditional data collection, the app improves the quality and flow of information and helps researchers track dolphin movements, identify individual animals, determine key behaviour patterns and provide an early warning system for dolphin entanglements.
The Dolphin Watch App is easy to use and designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to record sightings of dolphins by using the ‘Record a Dolphin’ eye icon. Anyone can use this function.
The App was originally designed for people who are trained Dolphin Watchers to be able to perform timed surveys of the Swan Canning Riverpark and contribute that information to scientific research.
The App automatically takes note of the time and location (GPS) of dolphin sightings before uploading that data to the Dolphin Watch database. Dolphin Watch App surveys are delivered to the Dolphin Watch Database where they are merged with data entered through an online monitoring form (online form for Dolphin Watch - Perth only). The data is used for a range of research projects by the organisation and its partners.
This app was developed by Gaia Resources with input from scientists from Murdoch and Curtin Universities, the River Guardians team from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Dolphin Watch – Perth volunteers.
For more information on how you can get involved in the Dolphin Watch project follow this link.
For step-by-step instructions, please watch the Dolphin Watch App video tutorial.
Version 3 of the App has been released, and it is now possible for dolphin observations in other areas of the country to contribute to scientific research in areas outside the original research location in Perth. The first new zone will be the Kimberley where volunteers in that region will be able to log information on species in the area.
Four new dolphin species have been included in the app upgrade and the 5 species available to monitor include:
Sousa sahulensis — Australian Humpback Dolphin, Pseudorca crassidens — False Killer Whale, Stenella longirostris —Spinner Dolphin, Tursiops aduncus — Indo-pacific Bottlenose Dolphin and Orcaella heinsohni – Australian Snubfin Dolphin.
To learn more about these dolphin species visit Dolphin Watch.