Whale Song recording and mastering by The Oceania Project: https://soundcloud.com/iwhales
August is a special time for Humpback whales in Hervey Bay. Young Humpback whales are one of the first groups to visit Hervey Bay during August. They may range from one to six years of age. These young Humpbacks are full of life, curious and keen to explore the world around them.
This encounter with Charlotte is what is known as 'a close extended encounter'. This means that Charlotte intentionally came to the research vessel, stayed and interacted with those aboard for over an hour. Such encounters provide priceless opportunities to closely observe, photograph and film the behaviour of Humpback whales and to learn about them.
In Charlotte’s case we were able to confirm that she, and the younger whale with her, were female. It also appeared that Charlotte was involved in showing the younger female how to behave around a vessel and the etiquette of interacting with humans. This type of encounter does not usually occur during the migration along the east coast of Australia.
So because of such encounters visitors aboard the Whale Watch Fleet in Hervey Bay are offered a unique opportunity to experience Humpback whales up close and personal. Hence the Whale Watch Captains have come to fondly call these early visitors to Hervey Bay 'The August Whales'.
Established in 1988, The Oceania Project is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Whales, Dolphins and the Oceans. The first phase of a long-term study of the East Australian Humpback Whales has been the major work of The Oceania Project.
Humpback Whale Songs are passed down over generations and evolve in a similar fashion to the verbally transmitted tribal lore of Australian Aboriginal Culture from where the term Songlines is derived. Songlines of the Whales Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/iwha...
The East Australian Humpback Whales travel in an unending cycle of migration between their birthplace in the inter-reef lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and their Antarctic feeding areas.
Their world is comprised of vast stretches of ocean where songs emitted by the Humpback Whales can be heard over great distances. Each year the whales sing a new song. Haunting melodies of radiant joy which fill the ocean along the East Coast of Australia.
When ecosystems across the planet are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an accelerating rate, the East Australian Humpback Whales are making a remarkable recovery. They have become Australia's national treasure and a symbol of hope for our imperilled environment.
We as the new generation of caretakers of the planet Earth have learnt from the mistakes of our elders and are helping nurture the Rebirth of a Species.
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