Monkey Mia world-leading research
Established in 1992, Monkey Mia is the number one behavioral research site in the world for bottlenose dolphins and tiger sharks and often works in collaboration with the West Australian Government. Dolphin research includes male association, female to calf association and juveniles.
The Resort has provided hosted accommodation for film crews from numerous programs including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel and has also accommodated the filming of the Blue Planet while it produced a documentary on Shark Bay with David Attenborough.
The Resort 100% supports the world leading research conducted off the beaches of Monkey Mia.
Since its humble beginnings, research has developed hugely at Monkey Mia, and to this day we still host and support a team of dolphin researchers under the direction of Dr. Janet Mann, a professor of Georgetown University, USA
Hundreds of dolphins are surveyed and cataloged each year, they survey their behavior, ecology, genetics, development, communication, social structure, predators and prey, providing a huge insight into dolphin life. All of this research is accomplished non-invasively without tagging or capturing the dolphins.
In 1982 Richard Connor and Rachel Smolker initiated dolphin research in Shark Bay. From those humble beginnings, Monkey Mia has developed into the top research site in the world for the behavior and ecology of bottlenose dolphins and tiger sharks. This research, supported by the resort, has produced well over 100 scientific publications and discoveries of such import that film crews from all over the world have flocked to Monkey Mia to film the extraordinary dolphin behavior and other phenomena that have given Shark Bay World Heritage listing. The resort has enjoyed hosting crews from the National Geographic Society, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC’s Blue Planet with David Attenborough, to name a few.
Today we still host and support teams of dolphin researchers, including one run by Janet Mann, a professor at the University of Georgetown in the US, that focuses on female dolphins and infants. The other, focusing on male alliance formation, is an international collaboration led by Michael Krützen (Swiss) at the University of Zurich, Stephanie King (British) and Simon Allen (Australian) at the University of Bristol in the UK, and Richard Connor (American) at the University of Massachusetts.