Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2014, Page 046 (transcription)

THERE S MORE TO RELAX, GO FISHING THAN JUST FISHING Protecting Our Bay s Wonderful Dolphins While you can always dangle a line in, the optios are only limited to your imagination.
Businesses are finding a trip out on the Bay a perfect way to reward staff for a job well done, an excellent activity to break up the grind of a conference or a surprise edge in team building.
Families and friends always enjoy the school holidays and weekends where they can spend some quality time together and then there s always the social club groups, birthday parties, bucks hens parties or those just wanting to get out themselves and enjoy themselves.
Gift Vouchers for any occasion are available, simply phone or check out the website Your heart always sinks when you get a call about a dolphin in distress, as it generally ends in frustration or sadness -- but not this time We had just finished a survey off Mornington and had the boat on the trailer when we got several calls about a dolphin calf tangled in rope near Seaford.
We decided to launch from Frankston after getting a first-hand report from the person who saw them.
There was only about two hours of daylight remaining.
After searching about 10 square kilometres, we found them about one kilometre off Seaford with by now less than an hour of daylight remaining.
When we first saw the dolphins we knew they were in trouble.
And Sue Mason, DRI s Research Officer, realised quickly that it was Ariels Calf with her new baby.
They are part of the bay s resident bottlenose dolphins and we have known Ariels Calf since 2002 when she survived a boat strike herself and still bears the scars.
Our first sight of Ariels Calf supporting Tangles She seemed to be supporting her calf which had over five metres of tangled line dragging from its tail.
We could see the white wound where the line had cut deeply into its flesh.
The calf was breathing rapidly and seemed exhausted, although it managed to stay out of reach when we approached.
The line was trailing quite deeply in the water and was also out of our reach.
Desperation in the failing light led us to try using our anchor and chain trailing beneath our bow to snag the line ---- and it worked Sue passed me the line and we slowly brought the calf alongside.
Eventually I was able to get both hands on its tail and gently raise it for Sue to cut, unwind and tug the line free.
Some of the wounds had begun to heal over the line, suggesting it was entangled for quite a while this made the task harder.
We think that it was shark fishing line.
What seemed like an eternity was probably less than a minute and we were able to release the calf back to its mother, who had remained alongside the whole time.
It was remarkable to witness how quickly they settled down into a more normal swimming behaviour and hard to imagine that only moments before we had been struggling to save the life of the little calf.
We have since named it Tangles , and are confident it will heal well, and then we watched them swim off into the sunset If this wasn t a stark enough reminder of how our behaviours can threaten our dolphins, a close inspection of photographs taken during surveys earlier that same day showed a fresh propeller wound on Square Notch s young calf.
The photo shows a very fresh and deep wound on the calf s dorsal fin with a large flap of flesh flapping freely.
At first we thought the injury could have been caused by a predator but after consulting colleagues, we conclude that it was caused by a boat propeller.
We have named the calf DD for damaged dorsal fin and are pleased to report that the little calf s wound is healing but it will be badly scarred for life.
This is a vivid illustration of how our careless behaviour directly effects these special animals.
MARTHA COVE AFFORDABLE FREEHOLD BERTHS Hidden Harbour Marina, located within Martha Cove, has now been released to the public for the first time.
We recently spoke with one of the key partners in Hidden Harbour Marina, Glenn Watson, who himself is a local Martha Cove boatie.
We saw Hidden Harbour Marina as a fantastic opportunity for the Peninsula to offer premium berthing opportunities, at a price point not previously available at Martha Cove or within the Bay for that matter.
Glenn said Martha Cove has really come to life in the past 6 months and presents a very unique opportunity for boat owners to access the incredible scenery, beaches and brilliant environs of the Mornington Peninsula .
The Hidden Harbour Marina complex comprises of 3 piers, with one already completed.
In just a few short months the stage 1 release Pier A , which includes 11m and 15m berths, is already 75 subscribed.
Stage 2 Pier C with 12m, 13m and multi hull berths has just been released to the market and is selling quickly with 25 subscribed in just one week.
50 of our released berths are now gone, and with the current appetite of purchasers, it s looking like our vision for the Marina will come to fruition sooner than expected.
We are thrilled to be part of the Martha Cove movement and bringing it to full life.
He concluded.
Hidden Harbour Marina offers a range of sizes to suit all requirements with prices starting from 120,000.
Martha Cove also provides 24hour security, a cafe, large launching precinct and a premium easy access location.
Peninsula link has made Martha Cove more accessible than ever and puts your boat just over an hour s drive from the CBD.
The vision for Martha Cove was always to be a premium marina destination - the infrastructure has certainly achieved that.
For more information Visit Brad Olsen at the sales suite inside the Martha Cove Waterfront Cafe.
Or call Brad on 0481 207 832 Or visit website Jeff Weir, Dolphin Research Institute i sea, i care 1300 130 949 46 Peninsula Visitor .
Summer 2013-14

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