The Dolphins of Mandurah are Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The much loved resident inland population in the Peel-Harvey inland waterways is approx. 80 residents.
They range through the entire Peel-Harvey Estuary system and out to the ocean as well through the Mandurah channel and Dawesville Cut.
There is a further 25+ dolphins residing between the ocean and dawesville cut waters but rarely venturing into the inlet.
A research study in 2012 found 46 different dolphins used the town waters between boundary island and the ocean during march-june 2012
A new long term research study from January 2016 again by Murdoch University is expanding the study area to the offshore coastal population as well. This coastal population is estimated at well over 400 dolphins.
~~Our website focuses on the inland population~~
This population is at high risk of stranding in our very shallow waters. Many of our dolphins have stranded several times!
You can read all about the many strandings on our pages here.
For how you can help the dolphins please read this page
Births normally occur during Summer/Autumn ( December to April) and we often see approximately 7 to 10 inland births each year.
The inland waters of the Peel-Harvey give the dolphins greater protection from predators however they still face many dangers. If you live in Mandurah or are interested in helping dolphins make sure you read our page on Dangers and how you can help
You can now identify the dolphins using the new Dolphin Watch/Estuary Guardians Fin guide! This booklet is available from the Mandurah Cruises gift shop at the boardwalk and will help you identify many of our dolphins.
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Follow exciting new research into our dolphins by Murdoch University by clicking here and see how you can assist!
Become an Estuary Dolphin Guardian (similar to dolphin watch in perth) by clicking here
Make sure you also follow Dudley Dolphin and the dolphin buddy club on facebook for more local information on the mandurah dolphins,
fun for the children & how you can get involved to help.
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