Dolphins Taking New Non-Invasive Underwater Cameras For a Dive

From the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney working with University of Alaska Southeast. Non-invasive attachment of underwater cameras to dolphins using suction cups. Cameras were fitted with GPS and depth loggers to better understand dolphin behaviour. An innovative attachment method ensures the process is stress-free with minimal disturbance to the dolphins natural behaviour.

A world-first study testing new underwater cameras on wild dolphins has given researchers the best view yet into their hidden marine world. A research team including experts from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Alaska Southeast trialled the custom-made non-invasive cameras to capture and analyse more than 535 minutes of such rarely-seen activities as mother-calf interaction, playing with kelp, and intimate social behaviours such as flipper-rubbing.