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Ocean Health

Healthy Humpbacks

Help scientists research the health of humpbacks in Moreton Bay, as they work to solve the mystery of why whale populations have stopped growing.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Humpback whales are important to our oceans ecosystem and a stagnant population points towards an unhealthy one.

In recent years the humpback whale populations have become stagnant. Help scientists bring back a healthy population.

Two Humpback Whales breaching out of the water. Flickr(Jon Cornforth)

Humpback whale breaching . Flickr(Jon Cornforth)

Coastal development and boating activity has brought immense pressures on the humpback whales and their habitat. In the past five years, diseases and infection have spread, whales have increasingly been struck by propellers and their food supply and breeding grounds have decreased.

This project aims to develop a long-term monitoring program that will assess the humpback whale population during migration as well as measuring spatial distribution of currents, temperature, bathymetry, salinity and turbidity during whale migration within 10 km of the shore. This will allow scientists to develop a monitoring program to assess trends in the whale population and generate community awareness and state government action.

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Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, Australia & South Pacific

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Olaf
Meynecke

ABOUT Olaf Meynecke

Olaf graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Lueneburg, Germany, after which he worked on atmospheric models at the Institute of Coastal Research in Geestacht, Germany and later co-ordinated scientific panel meetings for the European Food Safety Authority. He started his PhD at Griffith University in 2004 on the relationship between fish harvest and environmental drivers, where he developed advanced short and long-term tagging methods for estuarine fish. Since 2008 he is a Research Fellow with the Australian Rivers Institute. Olaf is the co-founder of Humpbacks & High-rises - a not for profit research organisation dedicated to urban marine mammal research and protection.

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