Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Research Season 2022

During the last week with a good run of suitable small boat weather conditions the marine and science personnel from AIMS (@australianinstituteofmarinescience) and CWR (#Centre for Whale Research) ventured offshore on daily forays to the Perth Canyon, Western Australia.   Using various platforms (boats and drones), many pods of whales have been observed, photographed and […]

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“The Things You Can Do With Blue Whale Poo” by Chris Collin

Are you looking for some engaging reading for your children?   Look no further!   “The Things You Can Do With Blue Whale Poo” written by Chris Collin and illustrated by Bruce Potter is a funny tale about all things icky, sticky, stinky and whale pooey!   Just how important is whale poo anyway?   […]

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First Breath

First Breath.   Our paper with nine observations from around the world of humpback whale birthing events is out now in Marine Mammal Science at the link below: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mms.12864 Well done to all the authors and especially Nico Ransome! This photo records the first breath of a neonate humpback whale observed by the CWR Team […]

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Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Season 2021

Smokey Haze This story was first posted on our Centre for Whale Research Facebook page on May 07, 2021. The fourth pygmy blue whale to have a LIMPET (Low Impact Minimal Penetration Electronic Tag) tag attached is a whale we have dubbed Tiny. In this collaborative project between the Australian Institute of Marine Science and […]

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Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Season 2021

Blue on Blue This story was first posted on our Centre for Whale Research Facebook page on May 05, 2021. After a gorgeous patch of calm weather and even some smoky conditions offshore, the CWR and AIMS crew are very excited to be watching the tags we have deployed so far. Rosemary, the large pregnant […]

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Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Season 2021

Goosey on the Loose During a spell of glassy calm autumn Perth weather, the CWR and AIMS crew, aboard RV Whale Song tagged a few more pygmy blue whales in the Perth Canyon. With a flippy-floppy gooseneck barnacle as opposed to an acorn barnacle, this whale has a psuedo-stalked barnacle (Xenobalanus globicipitis) on the trailing […]

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Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Season 2021

ANZAC Day Whale Tagging Rosemary and ANZAC were the first pygmy blue whales to be satellite tagged in the latest effort by collaborators Australian Institute of Marine Science and Centre for Whale Research (Western Australia) Inc. to understand the movement behaviour and identify the foraging areas of these whales along the WA coast. The two […]

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Whale Song

Within the Blue   Thank you to Jane @slow_journal for this amazing opportunity to share our research on and the wonder of blue whales, with many readers of this interesting independent online and hard copy publication. https://theslowjournal.com Slow journal is a magazine about slow living, sustainable products, holistic health, ethical fashion and mindfulness. Livin’ the […]

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Perth Canyon Pygmy Blue Whale Season 2021

The First Trip The CWR Team in collaboration with AIMS (Dr Michele Thums) has began the 2021 Pygmy Blue Whale Satellite-Tagging Season in the Perth Canyon, Western Australia on April 20, 2021. The CWR Team has observed many whales in these offshore waters over the last 20 years and recent encounters this summer indicate pygmy […]

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Sunfish Predation Observations

While surveying for whales and dolphins the CWR Team often finds other marine critters along the trackline. One day at Scott Reef we observed a tiger shark predating on a huge ocean sunfish. Sighting the sunfish twice on our survey track that day, we observed the slow demise of this beautiful fish by another beautiful […]

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