Posts Tagged ‘Port River’
Calls for tighter speed limit rules after calf dies in Port River
Following the death of a bottlenose dolphin calf called Holly, local experts are calling for tighter controls on speeding boats and other watercraft in Adelaide’s Port River. Holly was only a week old when her body was found on January 2nd. An autopsy found signs of “blunt trauma”, possibly caused by a boat. Findings from…Read More
Port River dolphin numbers on the rise
Findings to be published in a forthcoming report show that the number of dolphins living in Adelaide’s Port River have increased threefold in the last two decades. The success of the population increase is being put down to improved water quality in the river and its estuary according to the author of the report, WDC’s…Read More
Dead dolphin in Adelaide’s Port River was shot
A necropsy (post-mortem) has discovered that a bottlenose dolphin found dead in Adelaide’s Port River last December had been shot. The dolphin, named Graze by researchers, was discovered in the Barker Inlet but only examined this month by staff from the South Australian Museum. Four shotgun pellets were found in the dolphin. WDC’s Dr Mike…Read More
Is this dolphin family doomed?
Wave was one of the matriachs of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. She was born about 1992 and had the first (Bronny, a male) of her six calves in 2002. Her second calf (Ripple, a female) was born in 2006. Her last three calves all died and Wave disappeared after the death of her last calf…Read More
Where is Wave?
Some worrying news from WDC’s dolphin adoption programme in Adelaide, Australia… Port River resident Wave has not been seen since mid-September and anxiety is mounting among local dolphin watchers. Wave was sighted with a very small dead calf we suspect was still born on September 10 and, as is normal in the species, protected it…Read More
Want to name an Australian baby dolphin?
I have been studying a community of some 50 resident dolphins living in the Port River estuary (Adelaide, Australia) for the past 25 years. These dolphins are perhaps the most urbanised in the whole world, living as they do almost in the heart of a city of a million people. About twenty years ago I observed…Read More