The Big Duck Skipper Kirk and Co Skipper Jesse with Dolphin Watch Volunteers Tony Bartram, Gloria Flamank, Nedra Haines, Pip Burfield and Mark David – November 2023

The fantastic support offered by The Big Duck Boat Tours over almost 13 years has taken another quantum leap through their latest environmental initiative.

By offering their passengers the opportunity to support local environmental programs through direct donations as part of their Environmental and Research Project Initiatives – an optional $5 donation for online tour bookings and donating funds is a wonderful boon to us, providing much needed funding and resourcing for ongoing survey effort. This brilliant value adding type of experience links perfectly to Research Tourism, a burgeoning area of tourism throughout the world. 

The Big Duck Owner Michael Veenstra, Skipper & Crew – February 2019

The desire of visitors to give back and assist is a marvellous way of helping, both to educate people and give them a chance to be involved in supporting programs which seek to improve sustainability of biodiversity.

Skipper Kirk and Coordinator Tony pre Survey – November 2023

This highly credentialed, award winning ocean marine tour company on the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is an excellent example of everything good in Eco-tourism – ocean adventures, Victor Harbor and islands tours, Wirrina Cove tours and private charters, plus their sister company Spirit of the Coorong.

Skippers Jonathan and Kirk on survey – December 2022

Their support of our efforts to enhance conservation and protection of dolphins, operating their wonderful vessels at significantly reduced rates for surveys in our regional waters (even throwing in a number of surveys at no cost over the years!) has been a game changer, for us and the dolphins. To now hear, of this wonderful extra support from The Big Duck since January 2024 is fantastic! We wish to offer our grateful thanks to Michael and Bianca Veenstra and Team Big Duck Boat Tours for everything.

First viewing by Tony and Nedra of the wonderful new Big Duck vessel, Kondoli with owner Michael – April 2023
Celebrating Survey 125 on The Big Duck – August 2022
Skipper Kirk and Tony recording data on survey – November 2023

It is not just about the money – it is the recognition of the many hours of effort by the Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch Citizen Science volunteers engaged in vital research effort, Team Big Duck’s brilliant collaboration, help and support and the generous passengers offering their support!

Skippers Jesse and Kirk and volunteers on survey – November 2023

What it is to be acknowledged and supported – we are forever grateful!

We LOVE The Big Duck!

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#THANKYOU #love #gratitude 

Skippers and volunteers Nedra, Phyll and Tony post survey – February 2024
Thumbs up to the wonderful Big Duck Boat Tours!