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:

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 at Tandabiddi, Ningaloo Reef in July 2009.
What a treat to see this little poppet take it’s first breath after the mother lifted her calf onto her back for some resting rather than sinking. When she set her calf back in the water again, it swam like a bath toy straight for our drifting vessel.
We hope Tandabiddi continues to go well!
Photo by Micheline Jenner
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