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Only citizen scientists who are trained by DRI researchers should use this form.


The Port Phillip Pod Surveyor is an easy way to report sightings of dolphins and contribute to creating positive impacts for cetaceans during this time of rapid environmental change. The goal of this program is to understand the spatial and temporal patterns of the resident common dolphins in the Mornington region and also bottlenose dolphins that may move through the area.

Port Phillip Pod Surveyor is the only long-term, independent and secure portal where citizen scientists can be confident that their data is used to provide up-to-date and publicly available understandings about cetaceans, aiding educational, government, private enterprise and wildlife managers in making informed decisions.

See below for more frequently asked questions.

Please ensure that the information provided is accurate. Our dolphins depend on it.

Why report my sightings to Port Phillip Pod Surveyor?

How is my Port Phillip Pod Surveyor data used?

Who has access to Port Phillip Pod Surveyor data?

All submissions to Port Phillip Pod Surveyor appear as data in annual reports which are available to anyone from school students to stakeholders to government, other scientists and even corporate organisations. What isn’t available publicly is the fine-scale detail in the data (including your personal information), this remains the intellectual property of the contributor and is accessible only by formal request to that contributor.

What about my privacy?

I have another question about Port Phillip Pod Surveyor?

If you have more questions about Port Phillip Pod Surveyor, how this data is used or your privacy, please get in contact with us here.