Australian voyage in search of the world's largest creature

A team of international whale researchers leaves Hobart today in search of the biggest creature on Earth, the Antarctic blue whale.

The scientists from Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Chile and New Zealand, will use newly-developed passive acoustic sonobuoy methods to track and locate the elusive animals across hundreds of kilometres in the Southern Ocean.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said this is the inaugural voyage of the Antarctic Blue Whale Project, which aims to estimate the abundance, distribution and behaviour of the species.

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