Learn about dolphins and how to photograph them at boat workshop

Bottlenose dolphins in southern Moreton Bay.

Bottlenose dolphins in southern Moreton Bay.

DOLPHIN expert Liz Hawkins will lead a workshop this weekend that will include a Moreton Bay cruise and a little wildlife spotting.

Marine conservation charity Dolphin Research Australia will put on a Dolphin Ecology Workshop on April 22 on board the Moreton Bay Environment Education Centre’s vessel which is based at Manly Harbour.

It will include dolphin watching with marine mammal expert, Dr Hawkins, who is lead researcher of the Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project, founder of Dolphin Research Australia and has studied dolphins for more than 15 years.

“I really enjoy sharing my passion for these animals with the community and letting everyone know just how amazing they are,’’ Dr Hawkins said.

“Despite our curiosity and years of research, much of their wild lives remains a mystery.’’

AIRBORNE: An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin gets airborne in Moreton Bay just north of Peel Island off Cleveland.

AIRBORNE: An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin gets airborne in Moreton Bay just north of Peel Island off Cleveland.

During the four-hour workshop, those taking part will learn about the biology, ecology and conservation of dolphins with a focus on Moreton Bay.

They also will learn how to take photographs of dolphins that can help researchers monitor dolphins.

“An exciting part of the workshop will be taking everyone out for a couple of hours in Moreton Bay on board the education centre’s vessel and showing everyone just how beautiful this bay is and how important it is to look after it,” Dr Hawkins said.

The workshop will take place from 8.45am to 12.30pm and costs $45 per person. Family rates are also available. Bookings are essential.

People can also support the Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project as eco-volunteers and take part in a one-week expedition.

Volunteers spend a week with the Dolphin Research Australia research team in the field between May and June.

“Eco-volunteers are an important part of the long-term research project and assist us to collect data on the dolphins which helps to understand the status and health of local populations,’’ Dr Hawkins said.

Further information can be found at www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com or email info@dolphinresearchaustralia.com