As an enthusiastic Park Ranger in Training, I’ve been busy learning as much as I can about working with wildlife from local Las Vegas habitats.
And as suggested by previous Best Jobs in the World winner, Ben Southall, I’ve been doing as much research as possible about Australian animals.
Lucky for me, I met an awesome lady who helped me get my feet wet with some marine mammal knowledge. :)
I was incredibly excited about this because according to the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC), there are fourteen different species of dolphin found in Australian waters, including two types of Bottlenose dolphins.
Sarah introduced me to her good friend, Cosmo, while she explained a bit about their pods.
Dolphins typically only give birth to one calf every 2-3 years and they are born tail-first. Calves usually stay with their mothers for 3-6 years, learning all the valuable skills they need for survival. They are incredibly social creatures and will normally travel in groups of 2-20. But with that being said, scientists have recorded pods with up to several hundred members.
The biggest predators for wild dolphins are actually humans. Water pollution, commercial fishing, and boat traffic all pose serious threats to their populations and quality of life. You can do your part to help protect the dolphins in the wild by keeping your local beaches clean.
Sarah also emphasized the importance not interacting with wild dolphins. “People need to understand it’s against the law to approach, feed, or interact with marine mammals in US waters,” Sarah said. “If you see a dolphin, stay at least 100 yards away and make sure you don’t feed them.”
If you would like more information on The Marine Mammal Protection Act, click here.
Many thanks to Sarah Cross and The Mirage Dolphin Habitat for assisting in my Park Ranger Training! Please support Sarah for ‘Wildlife Caretaker’ by following this link and ‘liking’ her Facebook page! Let’s get #TeamVegas all the way Down Under!
And of course, big fishy thanks to Cosmo the dolphin for joining #TeamHilary for Park Ranger. Check out his awesome endorsement below. =)