For over 16 years our vessel the Dolphin Explorer has been working closely with numerous conservation, research and educational institutions to help learn, understand and ultimately protect the magnificent marine-mammal life found in our waters. We’re really proud to be a leading contributor to marine research in the Hauraki Gulf and conduct daily biological studies while we share this amazing environment with guests from around the globe.
As a requirement of our marine mammal permit our crew collect data covering each marine mammal encounter during our safaris. Our long-term sightings database contributes to the national sightings database held by the Department of Conservation (DoC).
Operating under the Institute of Nature and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University (Auckland). Co-director Dr Karen Stockin and her post-graduate students utilise the Dolphin Explorer on a regular basis to conduct marine mammal research. We have facilitated in data collection of many studies including most recently, the first ever study conducted on the abundance of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf. All PDFs of the studies we have been involved with can be found on the C-MRG website HERE.
As well as conducting studies on marine mammals, Dr Rochelle Constantine and her team at Auckland University study other marine megafauna including sharks and seabirds. We have facilitated in data collection of many studies over the years including the first ever abundance estimate of Bryde’s whales in the Hauraki Gulf which led to the species being reassessed and assigned as a ‘Nationally Critical’ species on the New Zealand Threat Classification System. PDFs of the studies we have been involved with can be found on the MMEG website HERE.
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