National Whale Day observed at Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor | PHOTOS

In the lead up to World Oceans Day on June 8, Kangaroo Island Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch undertook events to highlight both the marine environment and World Environment Day.

Unfortunately National Whale Day celebrations at Victor Harbor were restricted to a lunch after postponing the research survey due to inclement weather with a small group of citizen science volunteers, including Victor Harbor mayor Moira Jenkins.

Joining them were Michael and Bianca Veenstra from the Big Duck Boat Tours, who have been a vital, integral part of not just the Dolphin Watch project but the overall protection of cetaceans in regional waters over eight years of operation in Encounter Bay.

Stunning, clear conditions with no wind to speak of made the Kangaroo Island survey on World Environment Day, June 5, a delightful experience for all aboard Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures.

No large whales were encountered but there was a pod of 20 bottlenose dolphins, including two young calves, resting and frolicking off North Cape, plus a number of frisky shortbeaked common dolphins further offshore.

After the survey they met at Amadio's in Kingscote to debrief and complete the celebrations.

KI VH Dolphin Watch coordinator Tony Bartram thanked all volunteers over the years for their dedicated efforts in data collection assisting with conservation efforts.