Help pro­tect se­ri­ously en­dan­gered blue whales

Australian Geographic - - Contents -

BLUE WHALES ARE the largest of all an­i­mals, but it wasn’t known that they could be found reg­u­larly in Australian wa­ters un­til about 20 years ago. Glob­ally, blue whales were re­duced to 3 per cent of their orig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion size through whal­ing. De­spite pro­tec­tion, they are re­cov­er­ing slowly and the Australian pop­u­la­tion of the pygmy blue whale sub­species may num­ber fewer than 1500. Re­search is ur­gently re­quired to bet­ter un­der­stand how the whales mi­grate around Aus­tralia, and the threats that face them. Please con­sider do­nat­ing to help sup­port two non-profit re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions: the Cen­tre for Whale Re­search based in Fre­man­tle, WA, and Blue Whale Study in Port­land, Vic­to­ria, which will use funds for satel­lite tag­ging and aerial sur­veys. See our fea­ture on page 60.

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ge­o­graphic.com.au/so­ci­ety or post a cheque to: AGS ad­min­is­tra­tor, Level 9, 54 Park St, Syd­ney NSW 2000.

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