Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars

Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars

By Luisa Rubbo and Kathy Sundstrom Posted May 13, 2018 16:10:48 Photo: About 33,000 whales are expected to make the journey to Queensland this year. (Supplied: Jodie Lowe’s Marine Animal Photography ) The phenomenal growth in the humpback whale population has resulted in some of the giant beasts of the …

Blue whale sighting in Tasmania delights onlookers, but fishers accused of ‘trolling’ too close

Blue whale sighting in Tasmania delights onlookers, but fishers accused of ‘trolling’ too close

Updated May 01, 2018 10:35:11 Photo: Damian Connor estimated the whale to be around 20 metres long. (Supplied: Wild Ocean Tasmania) A blue whale, the largest animal on Earth, has been spotted in waters off the Tasman Peninsula, but onlookers have said the sight was spoiled by the actions of …

Plastic pollution likely killed whale found with 30kg of rubbish in its stomach

Plastic pollution likely killed whale found with 30kg of rubbish in its stomach

Updated April 11, 2018 11:20:01 Photo: The 10-metre-long juvenile whale was found near a lighthouse in Murcia in February. (Twitter: Espacios Naturales Murcia) Related Story: Octopus clutching at straws shows how much plastic pollution sucks Related Story: Diver films wave of plastic pollution on scale ‘never seen before’ A sperm …

Sperm whale behaviour better understood after scientists make long-term sound recording

Sperm whale behaviour better understood after scientists make long-term sound recording

Updated April 09, 2018 17:14:18 Video: Sperm whale sounds recorded (ABC News) Scientists have made the first long-term recordings of the call of one of the Southern Ocean’s top predators in the East Antarctic, the sperm whale. Photo: Analysis of the sounds had to differentiate between whale clicks and “false …

Major clean-up operation after mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay near Augusta

Major clean-up operation after mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay near Augusta

By Elva Darnell Posted March 24, 2018 17:10:52 Photo: If left to decay the carcasses could cause environmental and safety issues. (ABC News: James Carmody) Authorities have spent the day racing to remove the decaying carcasses of the more than 100 short-finned pilot whales which beached themselves along a usually-pristine …

Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay near Augusta bonds rescue volunteers

Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay near Augusta bonds rescue volunteers

Posted March 24, 2018 08:12:34 Video: Rescuers help six surviving whales back out to sea after mass stranding (ABC News) Related Story: Why do whales become stranded? Related Story: Six whales helped back out to sea after deadly mass stranding They were perfect strangers, but many among the group of …