Dolphin Discovery Centre streaming aquariums and dolphin interactions live

Shannon VerhagenSouth Western Times
Interactive developer Mike Dunn and Dolphin Discovery Centre conservation manager Jan Tierney are excited to have launched live streaming of the centre's aquariums, feedings and dolphin interactions so people can still enjoy the wildlife during the coronavirus crisis.
Camera IconInteractive developer Mike Dunn and Dolphin Discovery Centre conservation manager Jan Tierney are excited to have launched live streaming of the centre's aquariums, feedings and dolphin interactions so people can still enjoy the wildlife during the coronavirus crisis. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre is bringing the marvels of the underwater world to people’s fingertips during the coronavirus crisis — officially launching live streaming this week.

Having had to close during the pandemic, people will now be able to experience the wildlife from home, with feedings, aquariums and dolphin interactions all being streamed to Facebook, YouTube and Instagram seven days a week.

Dolphin Discovery Centre conservation manager Jan Tierney is looking forward to live streaming the centre's aquariums, feedings and dolphin interactions.
Camera IconDolphin Discovery Centre conservation manager Jan Tierney is looking forward to live streaming the centre's aquariums, feedings and dolphin interactions. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Conservation manager Jan Tierney said she was excited to be able to bring the marine world to people while the centre was closed and hoped it would bring joy during a stressful time, while engaging them with the natural world.

“If we can take our exhibits out to the public, engage the kids and give them something to do at home it will be a great outcome,” Ms Tierney said.

It will add to their schooling experience, get people engaged and appreciating the marine environment even though they can’t come through in person.

Jan Tierney

Interactive developer Mike Dunn — who set up the system — said they were also looking to develop educational content for school students. This included the interactive fish wall where kids colour in animals, email them through which are then streamed on the wall.

Interactive developer Mike Dunn has set up cameras throughout the Dolphin Discovery Centre to live stream aquariums and wildlife interactions.
Camera IconInteractive developer Mike Dunn has set up cameras throughout the Dolphin Discovery Centre to live stream aquariums and wildlife interactions. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Viewers will also enjoy behind the scenes footage of staff diving while cleaning tanks, upgrading aquariums and checking things over in the control room.

Chief executive David Kerr said live streaming had always been part of the centre’s plan, but as the pandemic had “paused” the main operation of the facility, they were able to get it running sooner.

We wanted to use this unfortunate situation that we’ve found ourselves in the most positive way that we could.

David Kerr

He said once they could reopen, they would use the technology to add to the overall experience.

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