Since our appeal for volunteers in our last newsletter, Sue Mason has found herself in the lucky position, at times, of having too many willing ‘spotters’ for her land-based surveys. Her volunteers have come from the local community, as well as some senior managers from ANZ (above).
These photographs show Sue and the theodolite she is using at the lookout in Mornington. Our thanks to Dr Eric Kneist from the University of Newcastle for the loan of the theodolite and for setting up the software specifically for the use at our site.
Sue’s volunteers include two dolphin ‘spotters’ and a computer operator to enter the data. Using software called VADAR, Sue can track dolphins up to four kms out to sea as they swim past the lookout.