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  • Please Help Our Dolphins

    Maintain distance

    Approaching a dolphin closely disturbs its natural behaviour and may interrupt feeding, socialising or resting. Dolphins are curious and it is fine if they choose to approach water users. Do not feed dolphins as this makes them vulnerable to boat strike and fishing entanglements.

    Do not feed

    Dolphins are wild animals. Touching, feeding and approaching dolphins is illegal and can be very harmful to them.

    Reel in fishing lines

    Fishing line and debris can be dangerous for dolphins and other wildlife. • Please reel in lines if dolphins are close. • Dispose of fishing lines and rubbish properly.

Please Help Our Dolphins

Maintain distance

Approaching a dolphin closely disturbs its natural behaviour and may interrupt feeding, socialising or resting. Dolphins are curious and it is fine if they choose to approach water users. Do not feed dolphins as this makes them vulnerable to boat strike and fishing entanglements.

Do not feed

Dolphins are wild animals. Touching, feeding and approaching dolphins is illegal and can be very harmful to them.

Reel in fishing lines

Fishing line and debris can be dangerous for dolphins and other wildlife. • Please reel in lines if dolphins are close. • Dispose of fishing lines and rubbish properly.

Brooklyn Ave

picnic shelter

Nearest picnic shelter

Please call the Marine Mammal Emergency number (0427 556 676) if you see:

    - ​people feeding or harassing dolphins 

Educational resources

Activity: Colour Your Own bookmarks

Activity: Dolphin vs Shark

NPWSSA Respecting Marine Mammals safety sticker

NPWSSA Marine Mammal Strandings

Useful links

Feeding dolphins disrupts their natural feeding patterns

Boats pose risk of injury to dolphins

Pollution harms dolphins

Fishing line harms dolphins

Trail stations

at the South Gates

1

Station 1

at the South Gates

along the South-East bank

2

Station 2

along the South-East bank

opposite the Patawilya Reserve

3

Station 3

opposite the Patawilya Reserve

at the Diversion Basin

5

Station 5

at the Diversion Basin

at the West Beach entry

6

Station 6

at the West Beach entry

at the Stanley St beach

7

Station 7

at the Stanley St beach

Keep in mind when watching dolphins

Why feeding dolphins is harmful to them

One of Tiffany’s calves, Star died due to multiple fishing line entanglements. People began feeding Star which encouraged her to spend time around boats and people fishing. Dolphins that are fed often display begging behaviour and stop socialising with other dolphins. Dolphins are great at catching their own fish. It is important that they are not fed and that they continue their natural behaviours.

Station 4

at the Patawalonga Boat Ramp

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