If a marine animalsighted is dead orinjured please call theMarine Parks StrandingHotline immediately on:
1300 130 372
Marine Wildlie Australia is collectingsighting records or these species rommembers o the public, recreationalboaters and shers, researchers, tourismoperators and other marine habitat users.The inormation collected will be used tohelp better protect these species. Yourhelp is crucial or the success o thisproject.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SIGHTDOLPHINS OR DUGONGS?
I you see these species in your area,please:1. Fill in the SIGHTING REPORT FORM,available in print or online at
. Pleaseensure that you clearly ll in allsections. I you see more than onespecies together, please make thisclear to us. I you see species on twoor more dierent occasions, pleaseuse separate orms.2. LODGE THE FORM:ONLINE:Visit
to llin our online orm or to download theprintable version.EMAIL:Fill in the orm, scan i necessary andemail it to:
POST:Post sighting orm to us at:PO Box 2277Townsville Qld 4810.PHONE:Call us on 0439 896 697 to give detailsby phone.
Northern Australia’s waters are important habitat or rare snubn andhumpback dolphins, inshore and common bottlenose dolphins anddugongs. These species are protected under Australian law. Despitethis protection, little is known about them and we need your help tolearn more.
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Rules or Approaching Dolphins and Dugongs
Boaters should only approach dolphinsaccording to the regulations (
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) and should never deliberatelypursue or otherwise enorce closeencounters with them. Australianand State laws prohibit people romswimming, touching or eeding dolphinsand whales unless in licensed programs. A person or vessel should not positionthemselves directly in ront o or behinda dolphin. When a person or vessel is oneither side o a dolphin, the person orvessel must not be closer than 50 metres.I calves are present, a person or a vesselmust remain 150 metres away rom thedolphin/s.
illustrates the allowableapproach distances or dolphins. Thecaution zone (shown in yellow) is thearea within 150 metres either side o adolphin. No more than three vessels areallowed within the caution zone at anyone time and vessels should operate atno wake speeds within this zone.