Volunteer whale watchers line up to boost research efforts
Volunteer whale watchers are on shift from this week to help the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) document sightings of Southern Right Whales visiting Logans Beach this winter.
DELWP Program Manager Natural Environment Programs Garry Peterson said: "There are 20 research volunteers, who are students from Deakin University, signed up to this year’s Warrnambool Whale Watch Group.”
"The next few months is an exciting time for whale watching at Logans Beach, which is the only established nursery in south-east Australia where female Southern Right Whales raise their calves,” Mr Peterson said.
"Volunteers are rostered in pairs or teams to attend the platform every day from now until after the last Southern Right Whale departs for the season, which is generally in September. "The volunteers watch for a minimum one hour, collecting information including whale numbers, movements, behaviour and identification features of individual whales, if possible.