Video: Whale movements in Geographe Bay

Our first video showing the migration of humpback and blue whales through Geographe Bay!  View it now, either on YouTube or by clicking below:

Dr Chandra Salgado Kent (CMST, Curtin University) has been experimenting with some new software these last few weeks, trying to put together a video of whale movements in Geographe Bay.  These whale tracks were created using data collected by our theodolite team on the 8th November 2012.

Each time the whales surfaced, the team would take a ‘shot’ with the theodolite (which is basically a computer with a built in telescope).  The theodolite calculates the whales’ position and send the information to our computer, which plots the whales movements on a map in real-time.  For more information, check out our Theodolite page!

Some video highlights include:

  • Blue whale mother and calf travelling very close to shore in the afternoon
  • Multiple whale-vessel interactions
  • Interaction between a humpback mother-calf pair and a competitive group of adults
  • Humpback whales singing throughout!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this video!  Did you find it informative?  Would you like to know more?  What other videos would you like to see on this site?  Get in touch via the Contact Us page, Facebook or Twitter!

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