Friends, you may be interested to know that the May/June dolphin research from Cantonment Hill was a great success! Multiple groups of bottlenose dolphins were observed using the Fremantle Harbour on a daily basis, for up to several hours at a time. The research has been a wonderful first step in understanding the importance of the port to this species and the potential impacts of human activities on dolphin behaviour. Furthermore, the researchers were able to provide detailed movement and behavioural data regarding an entangled dolphin calf, called Gizmo. This information aided DEC officers in successfully freeing Gizmo from the fishing gear entangled around his dorsal fin and tail. A very good start to the project!
The researchers have interest in collecting further data during September 2012, which represents the second seasonal peak in dolphin occurrence within the Fremantle Port. and are seeking provisional permission for the continuation of this research using the Cantonment Hill site.