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How to Identify a Dolphin

There are 14 species of dolphin found in Australian waters.

At Sea World you can see the bottlenose dolphin (Turiops truncatus), Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) and the Australian humpback dolphin (Sousa sahulensis).

Within a species, you can identify an individual dolphin by:
– The shape of its dorsal fin
– Its colour
– Distinctive markings

Dolphin Population Assessment, Moreton Bay
In July 2014 the Sea World Research & Rescue team supported the Moreton Bay Dolphin Project run by Dolphin Research Australia (DRA). Following a prescribed route our boat Sea World Two moved throughout the Bay and recorded population distribution and behaviour of any dolphins spotted. Individual dolphins can be identified by their dorsal fin and as such photographs were taken from the boat of each dolphin, with the images from this trip added to the DRA database.

“Dolphin Research Australia’s Moreton Bay and Gold Coast study aims to obtain baseline information on the coastal resident and migratory cetacean species. This study will be the first study to quantify the population status, habitat use and ecology of the marine mammals that inhabit the southern Moreton Bay and Gold Coast region. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the resident species in this area includes the threatened Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis), along with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus).” -Dolphin Research Australia