Cynthia Walsh WDCS International joins volunteers January 27th 2011

Recently KI Dolphin Watch enjoyed having Chris Butler Stroud; CEO of WDCS International on board “Island Explorer” for an extended field survey with volunteers on the North Coast of the island. A lone dolphin was observed and recorded at Emu Bay and three more at Big Gully near Point Marsden on the way to North Cape. Unusually no dolphins appeared at North Cape, normally home to a resident pod of approximately 25 animals, prompting a move further west to Dashwood Bay. Approximately 18 Bottlenose Dolphins were resting, milling and spending extended periods of time on the surface, allowing for excellent photographic identification work to be undertaken.

 A week earlier Cynthia Walsh, Funding Officer with WDCS International, based in the Chippenham Office in the UK, joined volunteers on a field survey to North Cape, this time via Shoal Bay. Sightings on this occasion were very brief, creating considerable challenges for all on board. Fortunately volunteer photographers Pete Nash and Christian Clolus, were able to capture some quick shots, yielding useful data. Pete’s were taken from the elevated platform on the stern of the “Zeehond” – KI Marine Adventures new vessel which was performing its maiden voyage in Kangaroo Island waters. Its extra beam and space was much appreciated and together with “dolphin friendly” jet drive engines, it will prove of great benefit to our photographic identification work.

 KI Dolphin Watch very much appreciated their company, interest, and support.