Humpback whales were sighted daily by the dolphin monitoring team in Dusky and Breaksea Sounds during the October monitoring trip, with feeding behaviour observed in and around Five Fingers Marine Reserve, Anchor Island and surrounds, and the Acheron. Photographs of their unique tail flukes and dorsal fins were obtained for the majority of the whales encountered, which enables researchers to identify individuals. By comparing photographs from previous years, one individual has been identified as having visited Fiordland waters every year since 2012.
Chloe Corne, DOC Te Anau
|If you see marine mammals whilst out in Fiordland, please contact Chloe or Richard at the Department of Conservation on 03 249 0200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with Date, Location and Species.|
Travelling Humpback Whales – Photograph courtesy of Chloe Corne.