The Centre for Whale Research (Western Australia) Inc. is a non-profit research institute 73A(6) established in 1993 to conduct scientific research into marine mammals in the order Cetacea, the whales, dolphins and porpoises. Studies conducted by it’s researchers in NW Australia since 1990 have yielded new information regarding the behaviours and migratory characteristics of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) as they migrate to and from their calving and feeding grounds. Similar research into the migratory characteristics of pygmy blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) began in 1999.
Scientific studies and education are two of the major roles of CWR, providing state and federal governments with research for relevant management decisions and sharing cetacean knowledge through school and public presentations.
Both humpback whales and blue whales are excellent indicator species for the health of our oceans. They are large, relatively easily monitored animals which feed directly on animals which drive the ocean food chain, the shrimp-like krill. The health of the whales’ populations is therefore a biological window into the health of their ocean environment. By understanding and protecting these majestic animals we can all increase our resolve to protect the worlds’ oceans.