Whales

Humpback whales interbreed

New research shows humpback whale populations are meeting eachother and interbreeding in Antarctic waters.

Photo - Jenita Enevoldsen

Photo – Jenita Enevoldsen

Some of the humpback whales we see off the Kimberley coast are mixing with those that travel up the east coast during the summer feeding season.

Some “Western” humpbacks even travel with their new in-laws or friends to their winter calving waters.

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Pender Bay: Whale survey

Andrew Bowles has founded an ongoing humpback whales survey at Pender Bay.

Volunteer monitors have established that whales mate and calve in the bay.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Warning to whale watchers

Humpback whale numbers are growing as whale watching becomes increasingly popular.

Photo - Jenita Enevoldsen

Photo – Jenita Enevoldsen

Yawuru rangers warn people going out in boats to stay at least 100 metres away from any whales, and to approach them cautiously.

Distressed whales, particularly mothers with calves, can become dangerous when distressed.

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Whales migrating earlier

Whales are swimming north earlier than usual, and irukantji jellyfish are stinging earlier in the year.

Photo - Jenita Enevoldsen

Photo – Jenita Enevoldsen

Scientists say these seem to be effects of global warming.

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Monday, August 12th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Rachel Siewert on New Kimberley whales study

Researchers have published a new survey of whales in Kimberley waters.

Senator Siewert

Senator Siewert

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the survey shows the Environmental Protection Authority’s assessment for the proposed gas hub is flawed.

“This is deeply concerning because even the minimum number of 2669 whales counted in our study greatly exceeds the 1000 whales that the science used by the EPA estimated would pass within eight kilometres of the proposed development,” Senator Siewert said.

You can read her statement here:

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 Environment, Government, Opinion Comments Off

Pender Bay: Whale calving ground confirmed

Scientists have confirmed Pender Bay, on the Dampier Peninsula, is an important calving ground for humpback whales.

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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Environment Comments Off

James Price Point: Protestors site whales

Photo - Jenita Enevoldsen

Photo - Jenita Enevoldsen

Protestors aboard the Steve Irwin say they spotted several whales off James Price Point earlier this week.

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 Aboriginal, Environment Comments Off

Camden Sound: Whale sanctuary ‘backed by science’

A scientist who helped set up the new marine sanctuary said the decision was sound and scientific.

He was responding to criticism from shadow environment minister Sally Talbot.

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Environment, Government Comments Off
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