This year, many of Australia’s best animal science stories had a focus on restoring Australia’s biodiversity – the vast web of living organisms that keep our air, soil and water healthy. Biodiversity affects our economic development as well as our health and wellbeing. We offer you ten stories from 2017 that provide hope that sustained efforts can help.
Tail extension, a mysterious and seldom-witnessed humpback whale behaviour, has been sighted multiple times in Moreton Bay Marine Park this past week.
Called “capital breeders”, the females build up energy reserves in summer feeding grounds – relying solely on fat stores throughout the breeding season.
Humpback whales have been spotted fending off killer whales from attacking other species. But this kind of interspecies altruism raises an evolutionary conundrum.
Ningaloo Reef is world-renowned for its whale shark and manta ray experiences – and now humpbacks are being added to that list.