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 Thwop! What are whales really saying?

 Thursday, 8 June 2017

What motivates whales to make social sounds, and will it matter if the noise from increased shipping means they can’t hear each other?  These are questions that Ms Dana Cusano, from the University of Queensland, hopes to answer using new ecological research funding announced today.


 Staff honoured in UQ Excellence Awards

 Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Associate Professor Michael Noad, and Dr Rebecca Dunlop were awarded the Team Award for Excellence in Wellness and Safety for their project: Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys.


 Humpback whale population increasing 'like crazy', say scientists

 Friday, 23 September 2016

Queensland researchers say the current population of humpback whales is the highest ever recorded and they are concerned at the rapid rate at which the species is populating.


 Le secret des chants des baleines (The secret of whale songs)

 Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The whale season is nearing its end!  The time has come for the scientists.  Among them, Jenny Allen.  This young American studies the song of Caledonian humpback whales.  (Full TV segment in French)


 Catching whale 'blows

 Monday, 29 February 2016

A team of Queensland scientists is using innovative methods to investigate the success of Australia's humpback whale populations.

 Whale of a job collecting spout samples in wild

 Monday, 22 February 2016

Australia’s humpback whale population is increasing by more than 10 per cent a year, and University of Queensland researchers are going to extreme lengths to find out why. 


 Buckwhacked! Humpback whales

 Sunday, January 31 2016

The boys go in search of the Humpback Whale along the beautiful Noosa coastline and Kayne gets a shower he won't be forgetting in a hurry. 


Thumbnail image of a humpback pair preparing to dive

 Boats and whales compete for space in south east Queensland

 Thursday, December 17 2015

The humpback whale population's recovery is one of nature's good news stories. But Queensland scientists are warning the number of boats using the same waterways is increasing as well and that's putting the two on a potentially deadly collision course.


Thumbnail image of a humpback pair preparing to dive

 Humpback whale population growth shows no sign of slowing down, says Queensland researcher

 Thursday, 27 August 2015

Australia's humpback population is the healthiest it has been since whaling ended along the east coast in the 1960s according to a Queensland whale counting group.


Thumbnail image of a humpback pair preparing to dive

 Les chanteuses auditionnées (Singers auditioned)

 Saturday, 15 July 2014

Only the males sing and transmission is cultural: this is all that is known about the song of the humpback whales. In an attempt to unravel the mystery, Jenny Allen of the University of Queensland in Australia, has put recorders in the south lagoon of New Caledonia. (Full article in French)



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 Whales swim straight as an arrow

 Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Humpback whales can swim thousands of kilometres in a straight line, suggesting they may use a unique compass mechanism, according to researchers.


Thumbnail image of a whale breaching Humpback whales spread songs across the Pacific

 Friday, 15 April 2011

Researchers at The University of Queensland have found that male humpback whales ‘change their tune' every year during their migration across the Pacific.


Thumbnail image of acousticans working Singing Aussie whales top of the pods

 Friday, 15 April 2011

Ellen Garland, who completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, has shown songs composed in the east of Australia spread rapidly across the South Pacific.


Thumbnail image of a humpback breaching Galapagos whales hold pollutant mystery 

 Monday, 6 December 2010

Whales living near the Galapagos Islands appear to have been exposed to higher levels of pollutants than those in other areas of the Pacific, say an international team of researchers.


Thumbnail image of a humpback fluke Whale watcher has close encounter 

 Monday 15 November 2010

It's easy to have a whale of a time off the Coffs Coast but sometimes out of the blue, these majestic monsters of the deep can get a little too close for comfort.


Thumbnail image of a research vessel Field work for the BRAHSS 10-11 project has ended!

 Saturday 23 October 2010

Field work for the 2010 season is officially over and it was an extremely successful first season for the BRAHSS (Behavioural Responses of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys) project; investigating the effects of seismic airguns on the behaviour of humpback whales during migration.


 Humpback whale beats long-distance recordThumbnail image of a humpback about to dive

 Wednesday 13 October 2010

A humpback whale has broken the world record for travel by any mammal, swimming from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean in search of a mate, marine biologists report


 Thumbnail image of an observer using a theodolite Researchers watch humpback whales

 Friday 8 October 2010

More than 50 whale researchers from 14 countries have bunked in at Peregian Beach studying the impacts of undersea oil and gas exploration methods on the Eastern Australian Humpback whale population.


Thumbnail image of hydrophone buoys in the workshop Researchers testing effects of sound waves on whales

 Tuesday 5 October 2010

Groundbreaking research is underway on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to find out how humpback whales react to sound waves from undersea oil and gas exploration.


 David Paton 'Adopted' humpback whale shows off calf

 Tuesday 14 September 2010

A humpback whale called Nala has returned to the Fraser Coast off south-east Queensland with a calf, 20 years after she was first sighted.


Thumbnail image of Mike Noad at basestation Field work for the BRAHSS project has begun!

 Monday 13 September 2010

More than 50 researchers have gathered at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast to begin the first year of the BRAHSS (Behavioural Responses of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys) project; investigating the effects of seismic airguns on the behaviour of humpback whales during migration. 


Thumbnail image of photographer on research vessel Images of humpbacks mating finally captured

 Wednesday 8 September 2010

Narooma photographer Jon Poyner has captured images of something never before seen - humpback whales in the act of mating.


Thumbnail image of a humpback doing a fluke up dive Whale tails key to conservation

 Tuesday 31 August 2010

Humpback whale tails are as unique as fingerprints. But being able to match photos of the tails, or flukes, to records of sightings has been a slow and laborious process.