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Communities grant & turtle release both a success!

Communities grant & turtle release both a success!

Posted: 14-May-2020

Climate change is warming our oceans and our beaches, and given the sex of a sea turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest during incubation, we are seeing more and more female turtles. This means that nests in cooler climates, such as NSW, produce mainly male offspring, and hence are of vital importance to the survival of the species.

In addition to this, we are seeing an increased number of sea turtles strand along our coastline in need of veterinary care. The cause of disease is often difficult to determine and animals can be in care for up to 12 months before they are healthy enough for release.

To address these issues, Dolphin Marine Rescue applied for, and was successful in achieving a Communities Environment Program grant. Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said: “Turtles and other marine animals are extremely important inhabitants of the Coffs Coast and Solitary Island Marine Park.

“The Morrison-McCormack Government’s Communities Environment Program has helped many grassroots, community organisations like the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park deliver important environmental projects. This project, delivered with assistance from $20,000 from the Federal Government, is great as it helps local wildlife and connects local residents to their beautiful coastal environment.”

The crux of the grant is building community capacity to save our sea turtles. Dolphin Marine Rescue will assist National Parks and Wildlife Service in gaining a better understanding about the nesting locations and frequencies in NSW and will conduct a series of educational workshops for the public on what to do if you find a nest or an injured sea turtle and how you can get involved in helping these animals out.

The project will not only collect data associated with nesting behavior, but will also investigate potential causes of disease in stranded animals.

Once the data has been collected, the marine-conservation focused youth group EcoGroms will deliver the results to school groups across the region. The goal of the program is to engage as much of the community as possible in protecting a local asset- sea turtles- for future generations to come.

Pictured here is Albert, rescued from Arrawarra on the 4th of January, released by Eco-Grom member Hadley March after four months in care. Albert is one of three turtles that Dolphin Marine Rescue have released this week a final attempt to get animals back into the ocean before cold-winter temperatures set in.

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This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..


My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

Rachel Knight

Best birthday ever! I spent two days at Coffs Harbour on January 6 and January 7. I travelled down on the 5th and left on the 8th, my sole reason for traveling 7 hours by train each way being to spend my birthday at your park which is on January 6. I loved it so much and everyone was so friendly that I have already booked my next holiday for 2021 so I can see you all again. My first day I book..

Taneesha Govender

My family and I went to The dolphin marine conservation last September and it was the best experience of our lives! When we watched the dolphin show, there were so many smiles, laughs and really enjoyable moments. After the show was the best part, We got to put our hands in the water and see if the dolphins came to us! When they did, it was so magical, I felt at peace and decided I wanted to p..

Andrew Willis

Thanks again to the Dolphin Marine Conservation park for another unforgettable experience,doing my third in water experience with the beautiful Calamity and the doing an in water seal experience with Adelaide and Maxine,a big thanks must go out to Calamity,Adelaide & Maxine and also the Dolphin Marine Conservation for another unforgettable afternoon. Thank you Andrew :)..

Melanie Weaver

I have not come down from the high of having one of my best days ever! As a 37 year old, I have never experienced being close up with a beautiful dolphin and today my dreams came true. You could not make my smile disappear, I was able to touch and interact with the dolphins and that was just normal entry! I will be back for an experience with these beautiful creatures. I had happy tears for mo..

Sheridan Lockyer

During our recent family holiday in the area the overcast weather lead us to dolphins We took 6 children ranging in age from 7-16 and all of them had a ball One of the children was chosen to play ball with the seal and described it as the best day ever While all of us had a great time and received great customer service I was blown away with the care shown to my family member who is in a wheel..


My daughter (4) and I would like to thank everyone at the Dolphin Conservation Park for the amazing work you do and the memorable experience you give to the public. All the animals are well taken care of, loved and respected. We had a shallow Dolphin private experience in the water with the gorgeous "Jett" and trainer Alice. I can't tell you how much we loved this incredible experience. It wil..

Jessica Higgins

My 3 kids, my mum and I had the pleasure of swimming with Zippy today, the experience was truly amazing. Seeing and touching a real dolphin was a dream come true. When I booked the experience I expected a long safety talk followed by a quick photo in the pool. What occured was the complete opposite. We played in the water with Zippy, each got to hug him individually. Thank you Jessi..

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