Here at the Dolphin Research Institute, we’ve been researching Victoria’s dolphin and whale populations for over 30 years! Our work is much like that of a detective’s – putting together the many pieces of a puzzle to understand how we can best protect our marine treasures.
Focusing on the Port Phillip, Western Port and central Bass Strait regions, we monitor our dolphin and whale populations by capturing and analysing ID photos of dolphin fins and whale flukes (tails). Like a human fingerprint, each fin and fluke is unique and can be used to identify individual animals. Every ID image taken helps us build a bigger picture of population sizes, associations of individuals, calving rates and success, and other important measures that are crucial to the ongoing protection of our dolphins and whales.