The Victorian Common Dolphin Project

Port Phillip resident common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Tall Fin
Port Phillip resident common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Tall Fin. Image taken under a DELWP research permit.

How common are common dolphins along the Victorian coast?

We know that common dolphins reside in Port Phillip, but are there other areas along the Victorian coast where common dolphins can be regularly sighted?

It is difficult to cover a research area the length of the Victorian coast. However, it can be done with the help of citizen scientists.

Reporting your common dolphin sightings can help us gain a greater understanding of this species in Victorian waters.


What information is helpful?

  • Time and date
  • Location/GPS
  • Species, especially if not common dolphins or unknown
  • How many individuals?
    • Adults / sub adults?
    • Calves?
  • Behaviour?
  • Anything else of interest e.g. birds feeding with them, boats close by
Common dolphin bow-riding. Image taken whilst onboard a tour vessel
Common dolphin bow-riding. Image taken whilst onboard a tour vessel