DRI Research Officer, Dave Donnelly, spoke to a packed and enthusiastic Island Whale Festival audience recently about the Two Bays Whale Project. This is a citizen science project that curates reports of whale sightings in Port Phillip, Western Port and nearby waters. We are gaining a greater understanding of the whales in our local waters thanks to the contributions from the public.
DRI is proud to continue our lead role in the development and support of the Two Bays Whale Project. It is a citizen science initiative between the Dolphin Research Institute, Wildlife Coast Cruises and Killer Whales Australia.
The project is designed to formalise the recording of sightings of large cetacean species within Port Phillip, Western Port and adjacent waters (Barwon Heads to Inverloch). Report your sightings here.
The key species for this citizen science project are humpback whales and southern right whales, but also includes other species such as killer whales, minke whales and blue whales.