Trust researchers leave for Right Whale study at Auckland Islands

Trust researchers are making final preparations and packing for a 25 day research expedition to the Auckland Islands to study right whales. The research has three aims:

  1. To assess recovery of this population via gaining the best quality population estimate yet. This is done using photo-ID of individual whales (Led by Dr Will Rayment)
  2. To better understand what features of the habitat are important to right whales – so that we can better predict what areas of the New Zealand coast they are most likely to recover to. This information should play a role in deciding what further developments should take place along our coasts (Led by Dr Will Rayment)
  3. To understand how right whale acoustic behaviour, and how noise pollution in their environment affects their calls and how far they travel (Led by Trudi Webster)

Right whales in Port Ross: