KI Dolphin Watch were fortunate to take Professor Laurent Seuront from Flinders University on an extended community field survey recently, this time accompanied by his wife Dorrine and daughter Eloise. Professional photographers and volunteers Pete Nash and Christian Clolus were also on board, allowing an excellent, quality data collection to occur. Analysis of the images to date has yielded a significant number of catalogue matches and new identifications. The catalogue compiled from sites around Kangaroo Island, has expanded to atleast 200 animals with new identifications being added regularly and a vast back log of ID work to do!
Â A debriefing meeting following the onwater work, at project sponsors the Aurora Ozone Hotel, revolved around the extraordinary research potential offered by the islandâ€™s dolphin population. Nardi Cribb, PhD candidate from Flinders University, analysing the island data as a component of comparative habitat usage studies, also attended the meeting. Relocation of a number of research efforts under Professor Seurontâ€™s supervision, from the mainland to KI, clearly demonstrates this exciting potential.