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Launch of the Antarctic Blue Whales Project

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Published on Oct 4, 2012

The Antarctic Blue Whales Project was launched in Hobart today by Environment Minister Tony Burke. The project is a core part of an Australian-led international project to estimate the abundance, distribution and behaviour of the species which was decimated in the early 1900s when industrial whaling killed approximately 250,000 animals. Earlier this year Australian Antarctic scientists successfully tested new acoustic technology to track and locate scores of blue whales hundreds of kilometres away by eavesdropping on the resonating song of these rare and elusive animals. By using sound rather than sight to initially detect the whales, the scientists significantly improved the likelihood of finding and counting whales in the vast Southern Ocean. Learn more about the Antarctic Blue Whales Project from Minister Tony Burke, Australian Antarctic Division Chief Scientist, Dr Nick Gales and Head of the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Dr Mike Double. Find out more at http://www.antarctica.gov.au/media/ne....

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