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Humpback Whales Research
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Humpback Whale research is being conducted all over the world by various organisations. What a wonderful job, out on the water all day observing acrobatic and friendly Humpback Whales.

Most organizations are not paid for their work. Some finance their research by selling spots on the boat for volunteers to come along and assist with the research.

Humpback Whale research is mainly done through observing and photographing the whales as they pass through the area the boat is in.

Researchers take samples of skin and excrement (poo) left behind by the whales for study in a laboratory.

Very little is known about the Humpback Whale so researchers can only observe, photograph and collect samples from the whales.

Autopsies have been conducted on dead whales over the years and a knowledge base has slowly been built.

I am sure all researchers and whale watching crews would agree this is not a dumb fish, it is an intelligent thinking mammal that deserves to be protected and nurtured.

Nations that still hunt and kill any whales for food claim that they do so for “research”. There is not a lot that can be learned from a dead whale that hasn’t already been done.

The human race has been hunting and killing them for hundreds of years. We know more about killing whales than we do about why whales perform certain actions.

In fact killing them and cutting them up can not be regarded as research.

By working together and sharing knowledge current day researchers are much closer to understanding the Humpback Whale.
Gary Crockett
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