Save the whale campaigns in and around Australia have existed for years. Globally, they remain very popular. Illegal whaling, as well as the impact of oil refinery at sea has made it a hot topic for environmental agencies for decades.
And it seems as though the hard work is paying off. Sperm whales, humpback whales… They’re all seeing their numbers rise. But the southern right whale is still in some danger in the area.
The Cetacean Research Unit are trying to find out more about what can be done to help. They’re currently conducting a large study on the breeding and calving behaviors of these southern right whales. And recently caught a rare white calf on their drone camera. Only 5% of right whale calves are born white, so it was quite the discovery!
Claire Charlton, a researcher from Curtin University, told Australian TV this: “Last year was one of our lowest years ever recorded, so the fact this year is higher is a reassuring factor. To know the whales are having a high year is very important.”
The huge open bay that makes up The Great Australian Bight is a magnificent place in terms of aquatic life and biodiversity. So unique a place is it, in fact, that 85% of life swimming about in its waters cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.
If man kills off a species here, it can force extinction of it indefinitely. Which is why projects like this one to preserve the right whale are so vital.
“This project will benefit the conservation of southern right whales by teaching us more about their health and reproduction,” Murdoch University researcher Fredrik Christiansen, told the BBC in an interview recently.
Haydyn Bromley of the Aboriginal Land Trust adds this: “We’ve been assured that the exploration would have no negative impact on the whales and we’d like to think that is definitely the case, but we don’t know.”
“What we would hate to see is the area devastated because perhaps someone made a mistake, or someone didn’t calibrate something properly and next thing you know, this pristine area could be at risk.”
It’s important that we all do as much as possible to keep these beautiful animals as safe as we possibly can. For more inspiration as to just why, watch the rare southern right whale in action here: