Birddurrangkan (dolphins) live in salt water. People from Goulburn and Croker Island, who speak Maung and Iwaidja, call these animals “birddurrangkan”, and we Kunwinjku people tend to use this word as well. It’s a bit like the words “manbiri” (sea turtle) and “marndingunjngunj” (dugong). These are saltwater words, but are also used by freshwater people who don’t have those animals. We don’t eat dolphins, but we all eat sea turtles and dugongs.
Ngalbu Dolphin Birddurrangkan ngalkka mayh kare kore kuburldjarn kurrula. Nawu bininj kabirrihni kore Warruwi (Goulburn Island) dja Minjdjilang (Croker Island) kabirriwokdi Mangun dja Yiwadjdja kabirringeybun Birddurrangkan. Dja nawu ngad Kunwinjku karriwokdi nuk njale karringeybun kunubewu karridjarrkngeybun birddurrangkan yiman kayime Marndingunjngunj dja Manbiri nakka karridjarrkngeybun. Birddurrangkan minj karringun larrk dja marndingunjngunj dja manbiri nakka karridjarrkngun. Birddurrangkan minj karrinan ngalengman kadjalre kore kuboburldjarn kurrula.