Surfing Might Define Social Standing For Gold Coast Dolphins

So far, she’s identified around 500 individuals in the area, using the help of spotters. “One of the main things we’re encouraging people to do is be our eyes out there – we already have some amazing dolphin watchers on the Gold Coast,” she said. “If people pull out their cameras and get clear images of their dorsal fins, we can identify them and see if we’ve come across them before.

Better surfers might be higher up the social ladder in dolphin pods. “Surfing could be part of defining social standing, play, reproductive activities, and feeding,” Dr.

She studied pods seen frequently off Snapper Rocks, and believes they’re groups of feeding females who made the break their own–and there are no boys allowed. “They are localized, which means they have areas they occupy all year around,” she explained. “What we see with groups like this is that they’re nursery pods.

“Surfing could be part of defining social standing, play, reproductive activities and feeding,” according to Dr. Liz Hawkins.

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