The Patawalonga Dolphins are a beloved and iconic part of the Adelaide coastal community.
Dolphins have been travelling in and out of the Patawalonga for several years. These friendly and curious creatures have been a source of fascination for locals and visitors alike, with a history of sightings dating back to the 19th century. Interestingly, the main dolphins that have regularly entered the Patawalonga over the years have all been dolphins that I have also regularly seen in the Port River.
There is currently one regular dolphin that enters in and out of the Patawalonga. This is a sub-adult dolphin named June. We first saw June in the Port River with her mum Lartelare in June 2015. Lartelare and her calf June would regularly travel between the Port River and the Patawalonga. Lartelare has not been seen since 2020 and sadly we believe she has passed away.
June now spends the majority of his time in the Glenelg area and has become very well known to the locals. He can often be seen kick fishing and racing after fish in the Pat and will often leap out of the water backwards displaying very similar behaviour to the Tail Walking behaviour we have seen by the Port River Dolphins.