What an exciting time to be conducting killer whale research here in Australia 🌏🌊 On a daily occurrence in the lab we are still identifying new calves from our Bremer seasons! Such an incredible population to monitor that we still have a lot to learn about. Here is one of the calves we have newly identified this week! 🙌🏽🐋
And in the northern part of WA, the first confirmed humpback calf kill for this season off Exmouth was observed yesterday by 2 well known individuals Jigsaw and Pimp.⚡️ It’s an exciting time for marine mammal research here in Western Australia.
Birds Eye View 🦅 👁 •
One of the first things we look for when we are at sea searching for marine mammals- in particular orca- are numerous birds swirling above them. A tell-tale sign that something is happening in the water (whether it be cetaceans, school of fish or something else) is seeing numerous birds tracking whatever is below. In the Bremer Sub-Basin we see numerous shearwaters and albatross stalking these orca hoping they might snatch up some prey remains from their latest kill. •
🚁All UAV footage collected under Commonwealth Permit and Animal Ethics by CASA licenced Pilot. 🚁‼️