New dolphin species discovered in Victoria

The Burrunan dolphin is a new species of bottlenose dolphin. Image: Adrain Howard

Members of the Gippsland Lakes population. Image: Adrian Howard

The coastal dolphins of Southern Australia have been formally recognised as a new species of bottlenose dolphin.

The new species has been formally named Tursiops australis and has been given the common name Burrunan dolphin, an Australian aboriginal name meaning “˜large sea fish of the porpoise kind’ in the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung languages. It currently consists of two known resident populations in Port Phillip Bay and the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, according to researchers from

Burrunan dolphins. Image: Kate Charlton-Robb

A Burrunan dolphin. Image: Kate Charlton-Robb

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