Portland Upwelling Festival

Each year in Portland (located in south west Victoria, Australia) hosts the Upwelling Festival.  The festival is inspired by the Bonney Upwelling event which occurs off shore around the Portland region.  The Upwelling Festival attracts many visitors and is a major activity for the town combined with the Rotary Art Show.  Blue Whale Study has a stall each year to provide information Read More …

Blue Whale Photo-ID Catalogue Project

Photo-identification of blue whales is a simple, effective and non-invasive method of identifying individual whales, using unique and distinctive pigmentation patterns on the whales’ flanks. When a whale is photographed more than once, a ‘resight’ or ‘match’ is created. Analysis of resights helps us to build a picture of the lives of individual blue whales Read More …

Suction-cup tagging research

In March 2007 we were joined by our colleagues John Calambokidis and Greg Schorr of Cascadia Research Collective of Olympia, Washington, to conduct a program of attaching suction-cup dive loggers to study the foraging and feeding behaviour of blue whales. John and Greg are acknowledged as foremost specialists in the attachment of these tags, and Read More …

Our new research vessel, Bonney Blue

In February 2007 we were able to purchase our own research vessel. Bonney Blue is a 6.5m plate aluminium Razerline Olympian offshore fishing vessel, powered by twin Yamaha 80hp 4-stroke outboards, and equipped with a full suite of safety equipment. Bonney Blue is very strong and seaworthy, and allows us to operate independently anywhere along Read More …