Antarctic Blue Whale Project launched by Minister

Australian Antarctic scientists have 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.

The Antarctic Blue Whale Project is the flagship study of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership and will employ sonobuoys to locate blue whales by their song. This project, using non-lethal methods to study these rare and magnificent animals, was launched today by the Environment Minister Tony Burke, Antarctic Chief Scientists Dr Nick Gales and project leader Dr Mike Double.

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