Moreton Bay Marine Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales. But the whales are facing new threats due to urban development and warmer waters and their population growth has stagnated.
Whale populations saw a healthy recovery after whaling was banned in 1979. However there are increasing signs that infection, starvation and boat injuries have put this recovery in jeopardy, with no steady population growth in recent years.
Join scientists collecting data on whales’ movement, health and habitat to discover trends in their population health and status. The observations you make and data you collect will contribute to an innovative long-term monitoring program that will educate the community and encourage politicians to protect their ecosystem.
You’ll take part in a wide range of activities, including locating and photographing whales, using the Whale Trails app to describe behavior, surveying the number of whales, measuring water properties and assisting with lab work at the research station.
This research will be utilising some exciting new equipment such as the flying drone (colloquially known as “the snot collector”), to collect whale spray as well as GPS loggers, and hydrophones (underwater recorder to track sounds) and surveying equipment.
You may be working from the shore, on our research boat or in the laboratory.