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Stanley St

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  • The Patawalonga Lake receives runoff from 230 square kilometres of mixed land use.

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Please help our wildlife

Do not feed

Dolphins, birds and other wildlife need their space. Approaching, touching and feeding wildlife can be very harmful to them. • Please dispose of fishing line and rubbish properly. • Do not throw fish scraps in the water. • Reel in fishing lines if dolphins are close.

Dispose of rubbish properly

Fishing line and litter can be dangerous for dolphins, birds and other wildlife. • Please use the bins or take rubbish with you. • Do not feed dolphins and other wildlife.

Billie

One of the first dolphins recorded in the Patawalonga was Billie. In January 1988, she became trapped in the Pat. There were concerns for her safety and she was removed and placed in captivity for a short time. Fortunately, Billie was released back into the sea at West Beach. Billie spent most of her life in the Port River. She became one of South Australia’s most famous dolphins due to her unique behaviour of swimming with racehorses and her amazing tail-walking antics. Tail walking is when a dolphin leaps out of the water vertically and moves backwards on its tail. Billie had 6 calves but only 2 (Rosso and Marianna) survived weening. Throughout her life Billie and her calves faced many of the threats dolphins face from humans including being placed in captivity, the effects of pollutions, being hit by boats, caught in fishing line and fed by humans. A link to more information on Billie and her incredible life can be found below.

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

Boats pose risk of injury to dolphins

Pollution harms dolphins

Fishing line harms dolphins

Billie - The dolphin that made history

Station 7

at the Stanley St beach

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Wigley Reserve

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Newhaven Ave

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Brooklyn Ave

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BMX Park

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Keep in mind when watching dolphins

Please call the Marine Mammal Emergency number (0427 556 676)

if you see:

  • people feeding or harassing dolphins 

  • a sick, injured or deceased dolphin

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