May the Rooster Year be good for you! Red and gold are lucky colours, with the red symbolising life and happiness, and the gold favouring wealth and prosperity. This biscuit seastar and hermit crab look set for a very happy 2017.
At this time, it’s always wise to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. The Dolphin Research Institute has been caring for our bays since 1991; that’s now 26 years of care of, and for, our living marine treasures, and not just dolphins.
After all these years, the Dolphin Research Institute is still sometimes asked - what have we actually done and what is our relevance in the 21st century?
We can tick off several achievements easily –
- dolphin swim industry regulations (first in the world and still the bench-mark internationally)
- more than 100 schools around the bays this year with incredibly keen, young marine ambassadors
- three years (and on-going) data of the presence/absence of dolphins in Port Phillip from our citizen scientists volunteers
- data base of dolphin fin ID since the early 2000’s
- graduate students who continue to ‘enthuse’ about marine science after their placement with us.
As well, DRI is developing the National Dolphin Health Plan. A part of this is an exciting new method of measuring dolphin skin health through the mapping of skin lesions on the photographed dolphin. This is still being trialled by DRI’s research team; so far it appears promising.