(Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary: Cristina Vicente) 891 ABC Adelaide
August 17, 2016 12:06:49
Large numbers of dolphins are flocking to inner Port Adelaide for a winter break.
Visitors to Port Adelaide have been treated to a sea spectacular with up to 60 dolphins spotted frolicking just off the docks in recent weeks.Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary volunteers and park rangers first noticed what was thought to be a concentration of animals in the area last year.A recent count confirmed the dolphins returned for the winter months this year. Photo:
Cristina Vicente keeps an eye out for dolphins at Port Adelaide. External Link:
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“It seems like during winter they move more into the inner port,” sanctuary senior conservation officer Cristina Vicente said.Ms Vicente said the dolphins were grouping in the beach shallows between the Diver Derrick and Birkenhead bridges and near the Hart’s Mill corner.She said they were not sure why the dolphins gathered in this particular area, but it made for quite a special experience for visitors.”There are a few theories but we need to know a bit more about how the fish move and the water temperatures,” Ms Vicente said.Rare experience for researchersMs Vicente said it was extremely rare for wild pods of dolphins to gather in such a built-up area.”I think this is unique worldwide.”I don’t know of any other place in the world where you have such easy access to see wild dolphins.”Local researchers can stand on nearby jetties to observe the pods behaviours; an experience that would normally be difficult to manage. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)
“Researchers in other parts of the world have to embark on a vessel for up to eight hours to be able to witness things like resting, feeding, mating and mums feeding their calves,” Ms Vicente said.”Here you can just walk around the edges of the waters and witness this amazing behaviour.”Dolphins in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, which covers an 118-square-kilometre area just off the coast, are primarily the Indo-Pacific bottlenose species.
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