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LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip: Wandering Whales

Posted by Enabling e-Learning

When: 20 Jun 2012

Venue: Online

Fees: Free

Organiser: LEARNZ

Contact: http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=wanderingwhales122

Wandering Whales - surveying migrating humpbacks in Cook Strait

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about the anatomy, senses, reproduction, diet and behaviour of whales. You will learn about Māori and European whale history, the Perano whaling station, and learn about the shift from killing whale to protecting them including DOC's work with the humpback whale in Cook Strait. You will learn about modern threats to whales and how you can help whales. During the field trip you will get up close to a humpback whale. Join the team working on the Cook Strait Whale Project and head out to sea for a close-up look at these amazing animals as they migrate between their winter and summer habitats. Contribute to research efforts by taking photos and collecting genetic samples, using a modified 22, as DOC scientists work to establish how well humpback whale populations are recovering after 45 years of protection. You will also get the rare opportunity of meeting an ex-whaler as he recalls the exploits and dangers involved in the old whaling days. The trip is completed with a look around the ghostly remains of the old Perano Whaling Station. During this field trip you will learn about interconnectedness and the impact of human activity and processes like climate change on species like the humpback whale. [Field trip to be confirmed.]

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