IFAW Kangaroo Island whale and dolphin research survey
This autumn, in a first for the eastern Great Australian Bight, IFAW conducted the first systematic boat-based survey to look at the diversity, distribution and presence of whales and dolphins in an area to the west of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
IFAW’s fieldwork involved both visual and acoustic techniques. Underwater microphones (hydrophones) were towed behind the research vessel, allowing whale and dolphin vocalisations to be recorded 24 hours a day. Acoustic data is vital when studying these animals, as they spend most of their time underwater, and what we see on the surface is only a snapshot of their lives.