Greater whale diversity survey

Date: 1/10/2005

Researchers surveying migrating humpback whales have found a number of different species of the great mammals rarely seen off Australia’s east coast. Southern Cross University’s five-month land and sea survey is tracking the migration of humpback whales off the northern New South Wales coast and Hervey Bay in south-east Queensland. This is one of Australia’s most comprehensive whale studies, it aims to provide detailed information available on the size of the humpback population, migration patterns, genetics, birth rates and behaviour.  But Dan Burns, a PhD student with Southern Cross University’s Whale Research Centre, said the survey, which had so far tracked the northern humpback migration, had found more sightings of other whales not normally sighted off the east coast.

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