Students and staff in Cleveland Bay on Townsville Dolphin Watch
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society through Ian Potter Foundation funding, started Dolphin Watch in Townsville May 14th with students and staff from Pimlico State High School. Two days of intensive field surveys yielded sightings of Bottlenose Dolphins in the busy harbour entrance but the much sought after Australian Snubfins and Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphins proved elusive. Given their threatened status due to their low numbers, this was not entirely surprising and has just made the challenge more rewarding. Presentations and training workshops conducted by WDCS Project Coordinator Tony Bartram and KI Dolphin Watch volunteer Phyll Bartram were well received and the outstanding effort, interest and vision by teacher Mike Foster plus the enthusiasm and interest of the Year 11 and 12 students augurs well for the success of this wonderful research effort.