A Whale Researcher's Paradise

Pacific Whale Foundation researchers have been traveling back to the calm, sheltered waters of Hervey Bay for about thirty years now. What began as a more desolate area in the beginning of all our research efforts within the region, has slowly and gradually grown to be one of the most significant areas (numbers and behavior-wise) to observe Humpback whales within the entire world.

The seemingly barren waters of Port Douglas and the Whitsunday Islands are a far cry from the busy whale-bustling waters of Hervey Bay. As a stopping ground to thousands of Humpbacks annually, this area is nothing less than a whale researcher’s paradise. For weeks we’ve been looking forward to a break from the rough seas, and to the comforting sight of blows spread all across the horizon. We are all happy to be settled in to our beloved Hervey Bay research site once again! For the past few days we’ve been hard at work (our apologies for not posting more often) collecting more flukes than our data processing team can handle, and we are loving the change in pace! The inquisitive nature of the animals when they tuck into this bay has never ceased to amaze me, and the frequency of close encounters is incomparable to anything we’d see elsewhere along the coast. The same evasive animals we observe and struggle to document outside of the Frasier Coast region, seemingly relax and interact (with boats and other animals) when within the calm sheltered water of Hervey Bay. From mom and calf pods to large competition pods, resting pods to energetic surface-active pods, we’ve seen it all in just a few short days. Every bit of data collected is not only fuel to our project but to the team’s morale, and spirits are running high! Aloha, Annie

Annie Macie


Beth Salles (visitor) says:

Ahh can't wait for December in Maui with you guys!!!