We've just finished our winter survey of the bottlenose dolphin population of Doubtful Sound. Researchers from the Trust have been working with this population continuously since 1990. Fiordland really turned on the winter conditions for the trip with driving rain, sleet and snow down to near sea level most days. Our brave research team from DOC Fiordland and NZWDT/Otago University braved the elements and got on the water each day, seeing almost every individual dolphin in the population. A good effort in rather trying conditions! Check out a few pics from the trip below, and stay tuned for the next trip that leaves for Dusky Sound (another of our monitored bottlenose populations) next week. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

While some of our researchers are currently in the Auckland Islands doing some innovative research with high-tech drones on the southern right whales, our post-grad students work very hard on different projects. In the photo Maria Jesus Valdes, our newest addition to the team, performs land-based tracking of Hector's dolphins groups using an electronic theodolite. This is surveyor's instrument that simultaneously measures horizontal and vertical angles that can be latter converted into rectangular x/y coordinates (for details see Wursig et al., 1991). This is a great non-invasive way of obtaining precise data on their movement patterns! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust shared a link. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook