Mandurah is blessed to have such beautiful animals inhabit our waterways. Below are ways you can help ensure their safety
If you see a dolphin in distress call
24-hour emergency number: WILDCARE (08) 9474 9055
Mandurah volunteer dolphin rescue group 0407090284
Dept of parks and wildlife 9219 9840
mandurah rangers 9550 3630
What TO do:
1. Put your safety first and call for help ASAP.
2. See if the animal is still breathing through its blowhole. Check that the blowhole is not trapped underwater or covered up. It may be helpful to gently roll the animal onto their belly so that the blowhole is facing upwards and clear.
3. While waiting, try not to make much noise.
4. Keep the animal’s skin moist with buckets of water and cover with a wet towel or material if possible, completely avoiding the blowhole area.
5. Listen to and follow the wildlife officer's instructions.
What NOT to do:
1. DO NOT put your safety or the safety of others at risk.
2. Do not cover the blowhole and do not pour water down/near the blowhole.
3. DO NOT stand close to the tail or head.
4. DO NOT immediately attempt to push the animal back out to sea. Dolphins can survive for hours out of the water if necessary so do not immediately panic. Whales need to be taken far offshore.
5. DO NOT apply sunscreen even if the animal’s skin is burnt.
We are currently trying to raise funds for much needed specialised rescue equipment.
It is illegal to attempt to harm or feed a wild dolphin with fines of up to $10,000 applying.
Other ways to help...
If youre a kayaker fisherman crabber etc on the days of the super low tides in spring and summer it would really help the dolphins if you could keep an extra eye on Goegrup Lake or the very shallow areas around the peel inlet.
IF YOU GET A CLEAR PHOTOGRAPH OF A DOLPHIN WITH ANY WOUNDS, FISHING LINE ENTANGLEMENT, OR A NEW CALF - PLEASE EMAIL HERE