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World’s first project on dolphin gender sheds light on research

June 1st, 2016

Male bottlenosed dolphin aggressively pushing two other males out of the way in Koombana Bay, WA

The world’s first sex-based study with insights into the abundance and movement patterns of bottlenose dolphins acts as an impetus for future studies.

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Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters

July 27th, 2015

Square Delisting from threatened species credit - Ari S. Friedlaender, taken under NMFS permit

A review of the scientific research on the recovery of Australia’s humpback whale populations has revealed that they are increasing at a remarkable rate and that the increase is among the highest documented worldwide, according to a paper published in the journal, Marine Policy.

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Hawaiian spinner dolphins need sheltered bays for rest

April 28th, 2015

Hawaiin Spinner dolphin square

Spinner dolphins found off the Kona Coast, Hawai’i Island need sheltered bays for rest and protection from predators, researchers from Murdoch University and Duke University have found.

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Funding boost for Bunbury dolphin research

February 24th, 2015

A bottlenose dolphin (Pic: Lars Bejder)

Research into the impacts of human activity on Bunbury’s bottlenose dolphin population has been given a financial boost by local industry, government and community organisations.

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Enjoy dolphins from a distance, expert says

December 16th, 2014

A Murdoch University dolphin expert has advised that members of the public should enjoy observing dolphins from a distance this summer.

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Whale watching book questions industry sustainability

April 7th, 2014

Whale and dolphin watching may not be the low-impact, sustainable industries many believe them to be according to a new evidence-based book, co-edited by Associate Professor Lars Bejder of the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit.

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Accidental dolphin capture a difficult issue to solve

April 3rd, 2014

New research from Murdoch University scientists has revealed that around 500 dolphins have been caught in the Pilbara trawl fishery in the past decade.

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Assessing threats to Hawai'i's spinner dolphins

January 23rd, 2014

Researchers have completed the most extensive study of the Hawai’i Island spinner dolphin population to date, with the data to be used to inform the local management agency.

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Health check for Swan River dolphins

January 20th, 2014

Murdoch University researchers have commenced a new study investigating the health of the dolphins inhabiting the Swan Canning Riverpark.

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Citizen science, there's an app for that!

November 28th, 2013

Do you have a smart phone? If so, you’re only a few taps away from contributing to international environmental research, thanks to a new app unveiled today.

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