The Dolphins of Monkey Mia Beach


Part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area


Meet the Monkey Mia beach dolphins!



Most mornings between 7:45am and noon, five females and their offspring visit the beach to receive fish from the Department Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) rangers. Visitors to Monkey Mia are able to enter the shallows and assist in the feeding under the supervision of the rangers.





Very strict controls apply to the feeding of dolphins within the Monkey Mia area, it is illegal to feed dolphins unless under DPaW ranger supervision. If you have enquiries about feeding, contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife. If you are interested in volunteering to help the rangers with the Monkey Mia Beach Dolphins, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at monkeymiavolunteers@westnet.com.au.

While other dolphins often visit the beach, only five adult females are fed. Shock, the daughter of provisioned dolphin Surprise, is the most recent dolphin to start accepting fish from DPaW rangers. Their other offspring and grandoffspring- Sparky, Kiya, Burda, Eden, India, Shiver, Flute, Fin, Samu, Sonic, Piper, Static, Missel, and Wirriya- have not been hand fed.

To find out how research helped the survival of the beach dolphins visit our
Why We Research page and our Research Findings page.



Monkey Mia also offers a beach resort, wildlife cruises and a visitor interpretation center containing up to date information, interactive displays and an amphitheatre for talks and slide shows.

Five adult females, Nicky, Puck, Surprise, Piccolo, and Shock are provisioned. Each is identified by distinctive markings on their dorsal fins. The provisioned dolphins, as well as their offspring, who also visit the beach, are pictured below, with the color of the frames identifying which family they belong too. You can also see the complete family trees and read the histories of the beach dolphins, or get the FAQs about dolphins in general.


Nicky

Puck
Surprise Piccolo

Shock

Kiya

Sparky

Burda

Eden

India

Shiver

Flute

Fin

Samu

Sonic

Piper

Static

Static

Wirriya

Newborn Sonic

Nicky and Fin


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