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Tangalooma Marine Education & Conservation Centre

Eco Certified Ecotourism

Surrounded by 98% national park and built on the picturesque shores of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre provides an up-close and personal look into the wonderful world of Moreton Bay. A passionate and dedicated team of Eco Rangers provide a wide range of Eco Walks, Tours and Presentations for all ages and backgrounds. These tours are designed to interactively educate people about conservation and their surrounding eco systems. Through education, attitudes can be changed and people can become aware of their environments so they can start making a difference. 

The Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC) is unique from any other facility as the environment is right on the doorstep, with endangered animals frequently passing the shores. Dolphins, Dugongs, Whales, Turtles, Rays, Marine Birds and so much more can be seen daily with interpretative taks provided by the TMECC Eco Rangers. 

TMECC aims to educate young children with an established program called Eco Marines. Eco Marines is a non-for-profit environmental program that assists and sponsors community engagement in advocacy and action to protect domestic and international waterways, rivers, oceans and wildlife.

 
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Farewell Tangle's Beautiful Baby Calf
Sadly today we can confirm that Tangle's calf is no longer with us.  At 2.30pm this afternoon, 300 metres off Tangalooma,  Tangles was spotted being herded (mating)  with one of  our male dolphins -  Echo.  There was no calf in sight.

Tangle's calf was last seen at the dolphin feed on Saturday 15th January , although Tangles has been coming in without her calf since then, we could not confirm that the calf was no longer with us until now.

Unfortunately first time mothers only have a 50% chance of their first born calf surviving the first year.   Mother dolphins have also been known to grieve for weeks and have been known to stay very close to the area where their calf has died.

The good news is that as Tangles was being herded by the males, it means that Tangles is likely to have a new baby calf in about 12 months time.  It is quite common for female dolphins who lose their calf in the warmer months to become pregnant again within a few weeks of their calf dying.

We will sadly miss our "little one" who was highly  spirited and a delight to see swimming around.    We will never forget Tangles first baby calf, who was an important part of our dolphin family.

 

 

Tangle's beautiful baby calf - It will be sadly missed

Tangles being herded by Echo

Photo:  Ina  Ansman - Marine Scientist

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Where are all the dolphins????

Over the last few weeks we have only had a few of the regular dolphins coming into the feed. 

 There are several factors as to why the dolphins are not coming in at the moment, although currently we can see anywhere between 20-30 groups or pods of dolphins swimming past the resort throughout the day.

This is also the time of year when we have a lot of schools of fish going through the bay with fish chops happening almost every hour which is quite spectacular to watch. 

We are looking forward to seeing those dolphins again as we are missing them very much.

 Dolphins in front of Tangalooma.

Photo:  Ina Ansmann - Marine Scientist

 

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