2011

Field work for BRAHSS 2011 is officially over and it was an extremely successful second 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.

Over 70 researchers from all over the world including both volunteers and staff lived and worked together at Peregian Beach for nine weeks to collect data for the project. Whether it was spotting whale behaviours from Emu Mountain, tagging from research vessels out on the water, or recording intriguing whale song from Base Station, the BRAHSS team made an immense effort in all areas and pulled off a great season of field work.

The Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory continues to work on data collected during BRAHSS, at the School of Veterinary Science (UQ Gatton campus). Data consolidation and primary analysis will take place over the next year and preparations for the next field season continue.

Thanks again to everyone who was involved this year; it wouldn’t have been so successful without you.

2010

Field work for BRAHSS 2010 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.

Over 50 researchers from all over the world including both volunteers and staff lived and worked together at Peregian Beach for six weeks to collect data for the project. Whether it was spotting whale behaviours from Emu Mountain, tagging from research vessels out on the water or recording intriguing whale song from Base Station, the BRAHSS team made a victorious effort in all areas and pulled off a great season of field work.

All involved worked tremendously hard and their valuable contributions, passion and willingness to work on such a large, challenging project is reflected in the quality of data collected and more importantly, in the gracious team atmosphere that was created (and still continues).

Everyone’s hard work finally paid off on Saturday 23 October; the last day of observations, when we reached an incredible sample size of 55, considering the unusually high number of bad weather days.

The Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory continue to work on collected data from the first year of BRAHSS at the School of Veterinary Science (UQ Gatton campus). Data consolidation and primary analysis will take place over the next nine months and preparations for  next year's field season have already begun.

Thanks again to everyone who was involved this year; it wouldn’t have been so successful without you. Enjoy the well deserved Christmas/New Year holiday and all the best for 2011.