Help protect seriously endangered blue whales
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.
DONATE Visit www.australian
geographic.com.au/society or post a cheque to: AGS administrator, Level 9, 54 Park St, Sydney NSW 2000.