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  • Please Help Our Dolphins

    Logging (resting)

    When resting, dolphins will often move very slowly, almost motionless on the surface of the water.
They are conscious breathers and only rest one half of their brain at a time. They may look like a floating log and may be difficult to see. Please slow down on the water, look out for dolphins and maintain distance.

    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

Logging (resting)

When resting, dolphins will often move very slowly, almost motionless on the surface of the water.
They are conscious breathers and only rest one half of their brain at a time. They may look like a floating log and may be difficult to see. Please slow down on the water, look out for dolphins and maintain distance.

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.

Stanley St

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: Protect Our Dolphins bookmark

NPWSSA Respecting Marine Mammals safety sticker

NPWSSA Marine Mammal Strandings

Useful links

Feeding dolphins disrupts their natural feeding patterns

Dolphins do not belong in captivity

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 Patawalonga boat ramp

4

Station 4

at the Patawalonga boat ramp

at the Diversion Basin

5

Station 5

at the Diversion Basin

at the West Beach entry

6

Station 6

at the West Beach entry

Keep in mind when watching dolphins

How do dolphins sleep?

Dolphins only close one eye when they sleep; the left eye will be closed when the right half of the brain sleeps, and vice versa. This type of sleep is known as unihemispheric sleep as only one brain hemisphere sleeps at a time. Dolphins alternate which half of the brain is sleeping periodically so that they can get the rest they need without ever losing consciousness.

Station 7

at the Stanley St Beach

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