New dolphin display highlights ‘jewels’ of Port Adelaide

News release
28 April 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Dolphin display Port Adelaide image Minister Hunter

Enjoying the display is Environment Minister Ian Hunter with Jean Turner, Samphire Coast Stewardship Project Officer.

The best spots to see dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary are now easier to find thanks to a new display at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield’s Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre.

The display, which will be launched today, includes a large map highlighting lookout points and what to see in the sanctuary. A dedicated room in the visitor centre has been refurbished to house a free-standing, floor to ceiling 10-panel display of information and photographs about the sanctuary’s resident dolphin population and other wildlife in the area and their habitats.

"This inspiring new display is richly illustrated with photos of dolphins in the wild, accompanied by stories of their history, behaviour and significance," said Environment Minister, Ian Hunter.

"The dedicated work of the volunteers who monitor the health and behaviour of the dolphins is also featured.

"Both local visitors and those from interstate and overseas will find something of interest in the display, which will help attract even more people to the Dolphin Sanctuary and the overlapping Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary," Minister Hunter said. 

Funding for the project was jointly provided by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

More than 40 dolphins live in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, which is 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, and another 300 visit regularly. Four calves also now call the sanctuary home and at least another three accompany their mother during visits.

Three different dolphin species can be seen in the sanctuary; Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis).

The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary overlaps with the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, also making it a perfect location for watching the thousands of migratory birds that flock to the area from the northern hemisphere each year.

"The Dolphin Sanctuary and surrounding areas are a significant attraction in the region," said Mr Gary Johanson, City of Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor.

"The dolphins are a jewel in the crown of our City. We also have the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, the mangroves, and the Ship’s Graveyard, which together create a unique and significant tourism drawcard.

"With the opening of the dolphin display room today, visitors will be able to learn more about the wonderful and fascinating dolphins that call the Port River home," Mr Johanson said.

Visitors can pick up a detailed map from the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre. The Centre is at 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, and opens daily from 9am to 5pm.

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