Having a whale of a time!

2010 is proving to be a good year for whales! Not only has the International Whaling Commission (IWC) just prevented a resumption of commercial whaling, despite the best efforts of whaling nations to lift the ban, but there have also been a lot of whale sightings along the Great Barrier Reef this year! Minke researchers are calling it one of the best seasons they’ve ever had!

Have you seen a minke whale? Did you take a photo or video of it? If you did, Susan Sobtzick, a.k.a. “Minke Girl”, a PhD student at James Cook University, would love a copy for her photo identification project. Download the information sheet  “How you can help identifying dwarf minke whales” (PDF file) for all the details or email your photos to Susan.Sobtzick@jcu.edu.au with the date, time and location of the whale interaction (the name of the boat, the reef you were at, the GPS location if possible – you can get this from the skipper). Everything’s helpful! Continue reading


The Cove in Cairns

Stop Press!
The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature of 2009!

The CoveThe award-winning movie The Cove is coming to Cairns as part of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival, and will be screened at: Cairns City Cinemas, 108 Grafton Street  at 7:30pm , Sunday 22 November.

Continue reading