[MARMAM] Franklin et al. 2017

Wally Franklin wally at oceania.org.au
Tue Jan 9 20:17:45 PST 2018


On behalf of Co-Authors we are pleased to announce a recent publication:

Franklin, W., Franklin, T., Andrews-Goff, V., Paton, D.A., and Double, M. 2017. Movement of two Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)
 satellite-radio tagged off Eden, NSW and matched by photo-identification with the Hervey Bay catalogue. J. CETACEAN RES. MANAGE(17): 29-33.

Photo-identification studies of humpback whales off eastern Australia show low levels of
intermingling between eastern Australia and New Caledonia whales and that some eastern
Australian humpback whales migrate through the southern waters of New Zealand en route to
Antarctic feeding areas. Furthermore photo-identification studies have shown that the waters
near the Balleny Islands, in Antarctic IWC Management Area V, are a feeding area for some
eastern Australian humpback whales. However such studies provide no details of the routes
taken between New Zealand and Australia and to and from Antarctic feeding areas. Sixteen
humpback whales were satellite-linked radio tagged off Eden NSW in 2008. The number and
duration of the tag positions reported revealed complete migratory transits from Eden to
Antarctic IWC Management Area V and IV feeding areas. Photographs of the Eden
humpback whales were compared to the Hervey Bay photo-identification catalogue and
yielded two matches, identified from lateral body marks and dorsal fins. This study provides
the first evidence that during the southern migration some humpback whales stopover at
Hervey Bay and also migrate past Eden on the NSW coast. The tracks of the two whales from
Eden showed that a male sighted in Hervey Bay in the same season moved southeast from
Eden towards southern New Zealand. A female with site-fidelity to Hervey Bay in previous
seasons, accompanied by a calf when the tag was deployed, moved down and around the
coast of Victoria, across Bass straight and then southwest into the Antarctic IWC
Management Area IV feeding area. Eden may be a migratory hub for humpback whales
departing from and approaching the east coast of Australia. This study suggests that eastern
Australian humpback whales may exhibit a more diverse range of feeding destinations, after
leaving Australian coastal waters, than previously reported.

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