humpback whales

'Whispering' keeps humpbacks safe from killer whales

May 12th, 2017

Newborn humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid being overheard by killer whales, researchers have discovered. Ecologists from University of Aarhus in Denmark and Murdoch University used temporary tags on humpback mothers and their calves in Exmouth Gulf, off Western Australia, to learn more about the first months of a humpback's life. Lead author, […]

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Public talk: Drones and tags unveil whale mysteries

March 24th, 2017

An image of a southern right whale and her white calf taken by a drone

The high tech wonders of how drones and tags are used in whale research will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 27 March.

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Rare aerial imagery helping researchers access whale body condition

November 23rd, 2015

Murdoch University Cetacean Researchers are using aerial images to access baleen whales

Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit researchers are developing a research project to improve our understanding of baleen whale body condition by using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to capture unique aerial imagery of the whales.

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Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters

July 27th, 2015

Square Delisting from threatened species credit - Ari S. Friedlaender, taken under NMFS permit

A review of the scientific research on the recovery of Australia’s humpback whale populations has revealed that they are increasing at a remarkable rate and that the increase is among the highest documented worldwide, according to a paper published in the journal, Marine Policy.

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Experts available for media commentary

October 31st, 2014

A range of Murdoch experts are available for commentary this month on key topics including: the G-20 Summit, food waste, bushfires, humpback whale migration and strandings, drama and it's role in education, dog drownings and stess management.

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Investigation into increased humpback whale strandings in WA

May 28th, 2014

Murdoch researchers are investigating why an unprecedented number of humpback whales, predominantly calves and juveniles, have stranded on the west coast of Australia since 2008.

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