Friday, December 4, 2015

Don't Shoot Me - Message to Japan

Japanese whaling, bad policy and bad science. Incredibly disappointing decision by the Japanese government to resume a program that has no scientific credibility and is to the great detriment to the reputation of an otherwise sophisticated and cultured nation. Here a minke whale makes eye contact as it surfaces next to our boat on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's not the cover of Rolling Stone but getting the cover of the prestigious reference bible of Marine Mammals of the World is not all bad. This dwarf minke whale was more interested in body surfing a 35 knot swell on Australia's remote Ribbon Reefs in July 2013. Curt and Micheline Jenner's iconic Whale Song was on station and it was a world first expedition to satellite take dwarf minke whales. These guys just turn up a few weeks a year to body surf and then disappear into the great unknown. Four satellite tags helped to start unravel this mystery.  Dr Alastair Birtle and Dr Russ Andrews were the masters of ceremonies. In the rush I forgot to get a signed model release.