Whale tracking staff member returns

Both projects involved tracking the fine scale movements (to 0.5 m resolution) of migrating humpback whales using visual and acoustic monitoring and DTag technology, which uses a suction cup tag that monitors whale movement, orientation, and acoustics. The Queensland based project, Behavioural Responses of Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS) aimed to quantify the effect seismic air guns, employed in oil and gas exploration, have on the cetaceans. The project, a collaboration between the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, the University of Queensland, Sydney University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Curtin University, was funded by the oil and gas industry.

The Eden project, a collaboration between the University of Queensland and the Australian Marine Mammals Centre, was a pilot study investigating the fine scale behaviour of feeding humpback whales.

David’s role in these projects involved vessel operations around humpback whales, deployment of DTags, and conducting focal follow work, where all efforts are concentrated on a single pod of animals and every behaviour and movement is recorded. David's considerable experience in this field makes him a much desired asset in projects of this nature. While all of us at Australian Marine Ecology were excited about his involvement in the whale projects, it is good to have David back as his skills and enthusiasm were much missed.

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