Humpbacks and Highrises Weekly Update – No easy task

Last week was a big week for HHR volunteers onboard Whales in Paradise, surveying a total of 15 whales.

Recording the behaviours of whales is no easy task. To give you an idea, a pod of two resting whales was observed for some time and a total of 235 blows were counted in that time! It’s always amazing to see the whales, but from the moment they are observed, volunteers work relentlessly to record every single observation and behaviour.

Another Humpback calf was recorded on the 5th of July which is fantastic as we are seeing more and more every week. However, over the weekend we sadly lost one calf who had become entangled in shark nets off Broadbeach. There is much discussion every year about the use of shark nets and how detrimental they are to other marine life, including our protected Humpback Whales, dolphins, turtles and rays.

Whale entangled in shark nets off the Gold Coast in 2005. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

Each whale watching season we see whales become entangled in these nets, we hope that there will be an alternative method of protecting swimmers in the very near future as we do not want to see any more marine life being killed in such a silent but deadly manner.

To end the update on a brighter note, surveys recorded  a very close encounter with a Humpback whale on the 2nd of July,  a green turtle breathing on the surface and 10 playful dolphins who put on quite a show for all customers on board Whales in Paradise.

Pod of Common Dolphins skimming across the surface on one of our tours. Source: David Williams

We hope you enjoyed the latest update from HHR, for more information on Humpbacks and High-Rises, or you would like to volunteer, head on over to their website.

https://www.humpbacksandhighrises.org/

And you can also help support their research by donating on their page..

https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/whaleresearch

And of course, to sign the petition to end the use of Shark Nets on the Gold Coast, click here..

https://www.change.org/p/queensland-minister-for-fisheries-stop-whale-entanglement-and-collision-and-secure-resting-spots