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Victorian Humpback Whale Catalogue

We identify and track humpback whales from images of their flukes (compared to dorsal fins for dolphins). DRI now hosts the Victorian Humpback Whale Fluke Identification Catalogue, supporting David Donnelly, our Research Officer, to build on work he started decades before.

Fluke images contributed to the Two Bays Whale Project are shared with other researchers through the online tool, ‘Happywhale’, finding sighting matches in Tasmanian, New South Wales and Queensland waters.

The catalogue now holds 205 individual whales, an increase of 55 since 2020. Below is the 200th fluke added in late 2021.

The Victorian Humpback Whale Fluke Identification Catalogue is viewable as a flipbook below. Contact us if you would like a copy.