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 the Centre for Whale Research (WA) Inc., the scientists are excited to see Tiny’s positions in the Perth Canyon region.
So-called for its eeny-teeny-tiny dorsal fin, it appears that that Tiny has begun to migrate north from the Perth Basin.
This current work is building on information gathered in earlier collaborative work by CWR with the Australian Antarctic Division when the first migrations into Indonesia by pygmy blue whales were documented in a research paper in 2009.
Who would have thought the recent bushfire smoke would influence our research way offshore? Well, surprisingly it did. With reduced visibility, at times down to a third of a nautical mile, the trusty crew of RV Whale Song found Tiny and the Storm team approached for an effective deployment.