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Kingscliff High School Enviro Club

Students from the Kingcliff High School Enviro Club participated in three expeditions 1993, 1994 and 1995. Peter Langley, Science teacher at Kingscliff, organised and accompanied each Student group on the Expedition. He expressed his feelings about the value of the experience for the Students in a letter of support to The Oceania Project in December 1994. Join Peter and his Students aboard The Oceania Projects Whale & Dolphin Expedition.

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LEFT: A spectacular breach is exhilarating to witness but it also offers the opportunity to view body markings for identification purposes and to verify whether the whale is male of female.

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CENTRE: Rebecca Edwards & Bethany Coggins help Trish enter details of the days observations into the Macintosh database while Jodie Wills writes up the days experiences for the Enviro Club's Newsletter.

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RIGHT: Each whale fluke is unique in size, shape, markings and particularly the serrated trailing edge. This allows researchers to use it like fingerprints to identify individual whales

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LEFT: Stacy Taggart assists Peter Skennerton from the University of Queensland to take a water sample. These samples are helping monitor the long term water quality in Hervey Bay.

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CENTRE: A sub-adult whale was seen slapping its tail and rolling over. As it approached closer to the ship its behaviour was explained by the fact that it was playing with a pod of dophins. The whale turned out to be a female and was named 'Slaphappy' by Enviro Club Students.

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RIGHT: Nicole Hatfield and Bree Spinks in a newspaper interview explain how Students of the Kingscliff Enviro Club helped with Whale & Dolphin research in Hervey Bay.

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LEFT: A curious whale headrises to look at researchers aboard the ship. close contactand patient observation of the whales is allowing us to learn more about them with minimum interference to their normal activity.

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CENTRE: The Kingcliff Enviro Club maintains its own web-site. Here web-master, Nathan Wright, discusses with members of the Enviro Club the sites development. The Kingcliff Enviro Club site shows the diverse range of Local, National and International Environmental activites in which of Members of the Club participate.

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RIGHT: The unique body markings of this whale together with the dorsal shape are part of the means of getting to know individual whales. A clear ID on one whale allows us to provide a context for getting to know other whales in the pod.

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