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'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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‘Undercover’ lecture series to reveal research secrets

February 16th, 2017

Dr Paola Magni

World leading researchers from Murdoch University will be presenting a series of free public lectures on topics as diverse as covert whale research and the use of insects to help solve crimes, starting later this month.

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Funding boost for STEMM teaching and dolphin research

February 2nd, 2017

A dolphin calf

Murdoch University has won funding for two projects in the State Government’s annual Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme.

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Don’t feed the dolphins

December 22nd, 2016

Dolphin

Researchers at Murdoch University have found evidence that feeding dolphins puts them at greater risk of injury and death.

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Drone pictures reveal the toll of raising young calves on whale mothers

October 12th, 2016

Bella on July 3 (top) and September 4 (bottom). She lost 31 centimetres in width in 63 days

Murdoch University researchers, sponsored by WWF-Australia, are using drones to do a health check on southern right whales, which are making a comeback after nearly being hunted to extinction.

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Murdoch out in force for National Science Week

August 22nd, 2016

Murdoch staff demonstrate forensic facial reconstruction at Oberthur Primary School

Murdoch staff used caterpillars, drones and blood splatter to inspire thousands of young scientists last week.

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Funding boost for Bunbury dolphin research

February 24th, 2015

A bottlenose dolphin (Pic: Lars Bejder)

Research into the impacts of human activity on Bunbury’s bottlenose dolphin population has been given a financial boost by local industry, government and community organisations.

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Call to protect spinner dolphins in Hawaii

December 23rd, 2014

A team of researchers have called for urgent action to be taken to protect wild spinner dolphins from the effects of tourism in Hawaii.

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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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