Dolphin Diary – July 2016

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DOLPHIN DIARY JULY 2016

Ripple

Ripple

 

Hi Everyone,

 

As far as I know, no Humpback whales ventured into the Port River this year in July however it was still a very busy month. There was a lot of activity. We have observed the dolphins playing with Jelly fish, fishing with the birds and there has been some great bow riding and plenty of playful behaviour.

 

Oriana tail walking in front of the Accolade

Oriana tail walking in front of the Accolade

Sharpie throwing a Jellyfish

Playing with a Jellyfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most importantly it appears Twinkle had another entanglement. Volunteer Sharon Sharp sighted Twinkle with what appears to be line wrapped around his fluke. Fortunately we believe he has managed to free himself from the line. We will continue to keep an eye out for him. Over the years Twinkle has had to be rescued 4 times due to fishing line entanglements. Another resident dolphin Bella still has fishing line tightly wrapped around his tail. The line has cut into his flukes causing large lumps. It is extremely important that fishing line is disposed of properly so that dolphins and other marine life do not suffer unnecessarily.

Twinkle with another entanglement

Twinkle with another entanglement

 

On a more positive note we have had a lot more visitors back in the Port. Lartelare and June as well as one of the smooth fin mums and her calf have been back in the inner Port. We have seen large pods throughout the river. It is always interesting to watch the dolphins interact with one another.

Pod of dolphins including both visitors and residents.

Pod of dolphins including both visitors and residents.

Lily and Ripple

Lily and Ripple

 

One of the wonderful things about the Port River Dolphins is they often come close to shore enabling us to observe and watch them closely. Even my two young children Michael (nearly 3) and Lily (nearly 1) had some close encounters with the dolphins during the month. I’m sure there are not many places in the world where you can regularly observe wild dolphins at the same time as watching your children play. Michael and Lily have already met many of the resident Port River Dolphins.

 

 

Michael and Lily playing on the beach as Mouse and her calf Hunter swim past

Michael and Lily playing on the beach as Mouse and her calf Hunter swim past

 

The Port River is also home to a variety of species of birds. We were fortunate to see a beautiful Kingfisher near Garden Island during the month.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

 

Some of the other Dolphins we have seen over the last month include Lunar, Crystal, Hope, Marianna, Bella, Ali, Ripple, Bianca, Doc, Tallula, Ryan, Sparkle, Star, Lartelare, June, Bubbles, Twinkle, Rob Roy, Zoom, Mouse, Hunter Harmony, MJ, Sophie, Sharpie, Proppy,  Danya and Ryan.

Sharpie

Sharpie

I have decided to make a slideshow of some of my favourite photos of the month. I hope you enjoy viewing it.

Slide show

 

The Next Dolphin Diary will be at the beginning of September.

 

Best Wishes

Marianna

www.dolphindock.com.au

This article was written by Marianna

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