TWO BAYS WHALE PROJECT

A citizen science initiative led by the Dolphin Research Institute in partnership with Wildlife Coast Cruises.

The Two Bays Whale Project is a Citizen Science initiative led by the Dolphin Research Institute in partnership with Wildlife Coast Cruises. The project is designed to accurately record sightings of large cetacean species within Port Phillip, Western Port and adjacent waters (Barwon Heads to Inverloch).

The key species for this citizen science project are humpback and southern right whales but can also include other species such as killer, minke and blue whales (also occasionally seen locally).

Reporting your sightings of whales and dolphins is an important way that you can help conservation outcomes in Victorian waters. We lead several important citizen science projects aimed at improving our understanding of cetaceans in our region and the issues they face.Our programs, especially the Two Bays Whale Project, are carefully designed so sightings are validated to ensure that data are reliable. We are interested in receiving sightings from all Victorian Waters, including the Gippsland Lakes, but have a strong focus on the central Two Bays region.

The best land-based locations to see whales in the Two Bays region are:

    • Barwon Bluff
    • Port Phillip Heads
    • Cape Schanck
    • The Nobbies
    • Pyramid Rock
    • Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island and
    • the Bass Coast.

Whale and Dolphin Watching
Regulations

Please obey the minimum cetacean approach distances: See HERE
Dolphins: 100m boat, 300m jetski.  Whales: 200m boat, 300m jetski.
Download regulations HERE.  What to do if you find a stranded dolphin, HERE

Marine Mammal Contacts in Victoria
DELWP (Non emergency issues) 136 186
Whale and Dolphin Emergency (ONLY)  1300 136 017
AGL Marine Response Unit (seals and birds): 1300 245 678
Dolphin Research Institute: 03 5979 7100

TWO BAYS WHALE PROJECT RECENT POSTS

VICTORIAN HUMPBACK WHALE FLUKE IDENTIFICATION CATALOGUE

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This document is the first and only identification catalogue for humpback whales in Victorian Waters and fills and important gap in the understanding of this species in the region. It…

Bayside Term 3 Newsletter Our Ambassadors continue to inspire during lockdown!

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HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY EVERYONE! Get your newsletter here: Bayside ISIC Newsletter T3 2021 It's the end of the term for most of us and we wanted to say a…

Spot-A-Whale 2021

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Spot-A-Whale 2021 Most whales don't wave their fluke in the air as if to say "here I am". The most usual sighting of a whale is the distant "blow" as…

Two Bays Whale Project Summary 2020

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The Two Bays Whale Project again proved that a citizen science approach to data collection that includes the use of social media, a sightings hotline, and scientific expertise is a…
Phillip Island humpback

Whale Spotting for Beginners

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Notes for Land-based Novice Whale Watchers. 1.   You might not see any whales 2.   Use binoculars 3.   Be somewhere high 4.   Wear warm clothing 5.   You might not see any…
Humback Whale

Where & How to Spot Whales

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Where & How to Spot Whales https://youtu.be/Q-1F0mnALlw Find out the challenges of spotting whales in an on-line conversation with DRI's David Donnelly, founder of the Two Bays Whale Project. Sighting…

GENERAL WHALE POSTS

PHILLIP ISLAND WHALE FESTIVAL 2022 NAME THE WHALE COMPETITION

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PHILLIP ISLAND WHALE FESTIVAL 1-3 JULY 2022! The DRI team are so excited to be back on-site at the beautiful Phillip Island for the 2022 Whale Festival! We will have…

VICTORIAN HUMPBACK WHALE FLUKE IDENTIFICATION CATALOGUE

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This document is the first and only identification catalogue for humpback whales in Victorian Waters and fills and important gap in the understanding of this species in the region. It…

I SEA I CHAT CELEBRATES BUSINESSES FOR PURPOSE WITH SUNBUTTER SKINCARE

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What an excellent ICHAT this week with Tom Hiney, Co-founder of the amazing Business For Purpose skincare company, Sunbutter! The creation of Sunbutter occurred while Tom was living in Ningaloo…

Port Phillip Common Dolphin Catalogue

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This document is the first and only publicly available identification catalogue for common dolphins that reside in Port Phillip. The catalogue fills an important gap in the understanding of this…

BEAUTIFUL POEM FROM 10-YEAR-OLD JOSEPHINE

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We must all sit up and take notice of this amazingly insightful poem from 10-year-old Josephine from Kunyung Primary School. JOSEPHINE'S POEM ocean breeze, seven seas seagulls sore, crashing waves…

Mornington Peninsula ISIC Term 3 Newsletter

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HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY EVERYONE! Get your newsletter here: Morn Pen ISIC Newsletter T3 2021 It's the end of the term for most of us and we wanted to say…

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