"The resurgence in humpback whale populations over the past five decades is
hailed as one of the great success stories of global conservation. And right
now, the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is
considering removing the species from Australia’s threatened list.
But humpback whales face new and emerging threats, including climate change.
Surveying whales is notoriously hard, and the government has not announced
monitoring plans to ensure humpback populations remain strong after delisting.
We need a plan to keep them safe.
Australia’s whale season is about to begin. Each year between May and November,
the mammals migrate north along Australia’s coastline from their feeding
grounds in Antarctica to warmer waters. There, they breed before returning
So now’s a good time to take a closer look at the status of this iconic,
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