south-west marine research program

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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A first for research as social cliques discovered amongst adult females dolphins

February 29th, 2016

A female dolphin and her calf

Ongoing research of a dolphin population in south-western Australia has revealed for the first time, a unique cycle in social bonds between adult female bottlenose dolphins, which is leading to informed conservation for the animals.

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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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Study first to track South-West dolphins

October 22nd, 2013

Murdoch University has completed a comprehensive survey of the dolphin population from Capel to Binningup, providing vital baseline data for future management decisions.

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Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

November 21st, 2009

Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

Murdoch University researchers with the South-West Marine Research Program (SWMRP*) are investigating multiple deaths of dolphins over the last two years within the inner waters around the city of Bunbury. These inner waters encompass the Leschenault Estuary and Inlet, the Inner and Outer Harbour, and the Collie and Brunswick Rivers.

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New marine research in Binningup area

November 11th, 2009

New marine research in Binningup area

Comprehensive marine research and monitoring in the sea off Binningup could provide a blueprint for similar studies at the State Government’s proposed major gas precinct near James Point in the Kimberley.

Water Minister Graham Jacobs said the research, undertaken by Murdoch and Curtin universities and Western Whale Research (WWR), would increase knowledge of the marine environment off the Binningup and Myalup coast and gauge effects of the Southern Seawater Desalination Project.

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