Regional whale focus for Science Week

The National Science Week event “What IS it about whales (large and small)?” hosted by Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch recently was a resounding success.

The event was held in collaboration with the South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor.  

Highlighting the magnificent whales in the region and science’s role in conservation and protection, more than 40 citizen scientists took part in field surveys aboard The Big Duck Boat Tours and large crowds attended afternoon and evening presentations at the Whale Centre. 

Guest speakers Dr Cath Kemper, senior researcher of Mammals at the SA Museum, Dr Pete Gill from the Blue Whale Study and Alia Al-Humaidhi from the Encounter Bay Right Whale Study fascinated the audience with details of their world leading whale research.

The main event “Wise Whale Words, Wine and Cheese” was opened by Member for Mawson Leon Bignell MP and featured biodynamic organic Gemtree Wines from McLaren Vale, whose sustainability ethos closely aligns with that of Dolphin Watch and the Whale Centre.

The Science Week events were funded by a National Science Week SA Community Grant and underpinned by wonderful sponsors, volunteers and supporters.

Winners of the Science Week raffle raising just over $3000 to underpin research effort, mirrored the national and international nature of the generous donors with prizes won in Queensland and Tonga!

The importance of the whales in our region is not simply a matter of caring conservation but of economic importance as whale watching is a major part of the Southern Fleurieu’s tourism platform.

It’s almost as if the whales themselves knew as there have been many multiple sightings in the area following the event.

Celebrating science in our community, amid one of the most stunning, vitally important whale sanctuaries in the world.