All dolphins are a protected species
in Australian waters. Some of our dolphins (e.g.: bottlenose dolphins) are relatively
common but other dolphins are unique to Australia and vulnerable to extinction
, such as our Snubfin dolphin and Australian humpback dolphin.
Australia's extensive coastline provides a wide range of aquatic habitats. Consequently, at least 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises are found in Australian waters including 10 large whales, 20 smaller whales, 14 dolphins and one porpoise. Some of these species are permanent residents in Australian waters, whilst others are occasional visitors, migrating from their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the warmer waters of the Australian coast during the winter. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ( EPBC Act) all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are protected in Australian waters.
Did you know
100,000 turtles and marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales, and seals, are killed by plastic marine litter every year around the world.