Meet some of the Mandurah Dolphins by scrolling through these slideshows. As you look at our dolphins look closely at their dorsal fin for markings, notches or freezebranded numbers that might identify them. Also look to see if they have any sunburn or healed sunburn (white patches) on their bodies, or old scars from shark bites. Or they may have a small calf with them indicating they are mums.Who will you see?
Topnotch can be recognised by the flattened tip to her dorsal fin. She is the mother to male Beaky who was born with the disfigured jaw. Beaky is now totally independent from mum. Topnotch's next calf was born in 2014 named Autumn. Autumn is also male. She had her new calf Carter in 2018. Topnotch is regularly seen in town waters as are her offspring.
Lowblow has a very low dent in the bottom of her dorsal.Lowblow had a male calf named Benji in january 2015. She and Benji spent most of summer in the town waters much to the delight of many visitors. Lowblow often hangs out in town with Topnotch another mother with a calf. Lowblow's previous calf is Linkin who has a dark clover shaped mark low on its dorsal right side. Sadly her 2019 calf Ahora is missing, presumed deceased at 2 months. We were excited to see her new calf called Storm in 2020.
22 is a very dark dolphin with freezebrand 22 on her dorsal. She has had many calves including 21, magnum, Jac and her latest calf Tswizzle. Sadly she has now disappeared and is presumed deceased.
This female was a calf who stranded with her mum 22 in 1997. She was freezebranded during the rescue. Since then she has grown, become independant and had many calves. Blackjack born late Oct 2014, Nikaila in 2017 and Tallie who sadly deceased after a few months in 2019. Her new calf Phoenix ( Nixie) is a male.
Nikki is a well known older female. She lost the top of her dorsal fin years ago, probably from fishing line gradually cutting through it or a boat motor. She is the mother of many calves and well known in our waters. She is particularly known for spending time in very shallow water. In march 2015 she had a male calf called Surprise three years after her previous calf male Giggles. She has a female calf born in 2018 named Djinda ( deceased). She also gave birth to Solo early May 2019!
Christmas is a grown up daughter of nikki ( uboat). She has stranded twice, including in very low tide in cox bay and suffered some burning to the skin on her back still visible today. Her dorsal fin also is very bent to one side since that stranding and in 2015 has a new v shaped nick in it at the top. She very often rejoins her mum though she is old enough to live separately. She had her first calf in 2016 at Easter. Sadly Easter died later that year. In early 2018 she gave birth to Spirit.
Squarecut is likely an elderly adult female with a recent sad history with calves. Squarecut is most often seen in the rivers and surrounding waters. Her most recent calf is named Hope.
Hayley is an adult female who stranded with her calf in the harvey estuary late nov 2014. She survived thanks to a helicopter spotting her and her rescuers. She has been named in honour of Hayley Dodd. She had a female calf called Comet Jan 2016 and Herbie in April 2019 who later died in 2020. Happily she gave birth to Poppy in 2021. She spends a lot of time in the Harvey Estuary.
Lucy has a very distinctive dorsal fin. She had calves in 2010 and 2013 and gave birth to her female calf in April 2016 named Luna. Lucy now has a new calf named Diamond in 2019.
Joy is mum to male calf huubster. Joy lost the top of her dorsal to a shark in 2016. She is often seen in the dawesville area or ocean. In 2018 she gave birth to new calf named Scout.
Bendy Wendy is an elder female with a very garly bent over fin, who has obvious sunburn scars on *both* sides of her dorsal, with the right side being in the shape of triangle.She has had many calves including a female in 2012 who we believe is Spike.Wendy was a brand new mum again with newborn Pan born May 2016 who she was very protective of. Sadly pan stranded after weaning and deceased. Unfortunately her next 2 calves Tinkerbell and Tigerlily also died very shortly after birth
Bowie is another adult breeding female who had her female calf Ziggy in 2016 Her fin is very distinctive so she is quite easy to recognise. Bowie had a female calf in 2019 called Stardust who unfortunately stranded and deceased. Bowie is now a new mother to Genie.
This mum and daughter were named by the Mandurah Dolphin Research Team. Karenina the calf ( above on the left) had a lovely browner tinge to her side as a young calf. Sadly her 2018 calf named Kim disappeared during that winter. Anna had her latest calf in Dec 2019 named Kiya.
Gnawra had a female calf in 2013 ( suspected to be Spot) and female calf Nugget in 2016. Sadly Gnawra has not been seen since late 2016 which has left little Nugget an orphan.
Beaky ( a young male ) has a disfigured jawline from birth. Despite this he is doing great! He was born in 2011. He is now old enough to live independantly from mum Topnotch and seems to have buddied up with two mates.
Some of the dolphins have faint numbers on their dorsal fins, if you look closely you may see them. When they stranded years ago the practice at the time was for CALM to freezebrand a number on their fins with dry ice to help identify them later. 14 is now one of the most dominant males in our area
01 is a dominant male in our waters. You can clearly see his freezebrand above. The easiest way to identify him though is via the obvious small white circular sunburn scar on the middle of his back. He is well over 30 years old and has survived stranding and shark attack. Update - 01 sadly deceased in 2019
Trouble (front) Crook (back)
Both these dolphins have permanent white sunburn scars across their bodies which makes them easy to recognise. Crook has the most scars of the two and is smaller with a very bent over fin. Trouble as he was renamed from rice after his rescue (on the left) is definately male and very large, he was rescued on 24th march 2015 from Black Lake. We believe trouble is now deceased
Squeaky is a large male who stranded in Black Lake with Trouble and was successfully rescued. Check out where Black Lake is they travel very far for a feed! Sadly Squeaky is now presumed deceased.
Blake is an older male with a very distinctive dorsal fin - he's quite easy to spot in a pod. He is generally seen with other large adult males such as 14.
Scarry was stranded by low tides one christmas and very badly sunburnt. Dolphins do possess fantastic healing ability though and the healed burns are now permanent white scars on his right side in a very distinctive shape. He has also survived two attempted shark bites ( one on either side of his body) and fishing line entanglement! Scarry was recently discovered to be a male.
Years ago a larger calf was seen in the dawesville cut with a huge trail of fishing line and weed caught on its dorsal fin. This line was gradually cutting right through it's fin. Thanks go out to rescuer John Edwards of DEC who was able to remove the line and weed and the calf happily survived. John Edwards can be frequently seen in the dawesville cut. In early 2021 his health deteriorated and he has not been seen for some time.
Bitts, another adult male has little notches out of his dorsal fin. You might see Bitts in the inlet roaming with some male mates.
This older male was rather unfairly named Frankenstein I think. His dorsal is quite distinctive! He will roam the whole area for a feed and girls!
Tooth is part of an adult male allience. Like most males he has preferred male mates who roam around together and you might see them in the inlet.
You can now see many more of our dolphins in the Finbook here!
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