We have just returned from our two week research season in Hervey Bay. In that short time Trish observed and photographed several of the well known individual whales in her life-histories. Amongst those seen were Nala, Phantom, Agathea, Iceberg and Noveau, all with new calves. Also she sighted Peru, one of the older males regularly sighted in Hervey Bay.
Just prior to leaving for Hervey Bay Wally Franklin was awarded his PhD, you can read his Doctoral thesis online at SCU ePublications.
Over the next two years we will be revitalising our website and incorporating research outcomes, embedded with Trish Franklin's superb photography, and video and acoustic sounds from the humpback whales of Hervey Bay produced by Mark Franklin.
In 2008 we reported that eastern Australian whales were using Cook Strait and the southern waters of New Zealand travelling to and from their Antarctic feeding grounds, The report has now been published this year in the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.
The Whale Watching season continues and with the population of eastern Australian Humpback whales estimated to be about 23,000 this year there will be a steady flow along the east coast of Australia through to November.
There are plenty of opportunities to see the whales, check our whale-watching list for details.
Conversation with Richard Fidler ABC RN featuring the research of Dr Trish Franklin and Wally Franklin in Hervey Bay.
Get your Community involved in the Humpback ICON Project and see Help Save Our Humpbacks for information about what you can do to help the Eastern Australian Humpback Whales.
On iWhales.org you will find movies, sounds and photography of Eastern Australian Humpbacks recorded during our Annual Whale Research Expedtions in Hervey Bay which are available as DVD's or films.
The 60 minute Audio CD Album: 'Songlines - Songs of the Eastern Australian Humpbacks' featuring 'Migaloo'. Buy Now.
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Humpback Icon film: