The Gippsland Lakes is home to a unique species of dolphin, with more than 50 dolphins (mostly females and juveniles) residing permanently in the lakes. Dolphin calves are born in the Gippsland Lakes and can sometimes be seen swimming close to their mothers. Newborn calves cannot float and depend on their mothers slipstream to keep them buoyant. This means that the mothers must swim continuously until the calf is old enough to swim by itself. Dolphins tend to feed during the night and spend a lot of time during the day socializing.
The Burrunan Dolphins use most of the lakes system and can often be seen around the Entrance and in Reeves Channel near Bullock Island. All of the images on this blog were taken from Bullock Island during the first two weeks of November this year.