- Life on the Reef
- Climate change
- Coastal ecosystems
- Compliance and Zoning
- Shipping master fined $17,500 for navigating no-go zone
- Great Barrier Reef visitors: report poaching and protect the Reef
- New public moorings protect southern Great Barrier Reef
- Reef crack down nets 54 illegal fishing offences during festive period
- Indigenous rangers offer invaluable support to Reef and sea country
- Yeppoon to Town of 1770: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine
- Failure to pay fine costs recreational fisher $3500 and conviction
- Multi-partner illegal recreational fishing blitz nets Reef poachers
- Training program a win-win for Indigenous rangers and Reef
- Summer compliance blitz: "Fish in a protected zone and you will get caught"
- Repeat offender commercial fisherman cops $10,000 fine
- Cairns fishers warned: Fish in a green zone and risk a $2100 fine
- Night time patrols see illegal recreational fisher hook a $1800 fine
- Illegal recreational fishing fine increased to $2100
- Illegal recreational fishers are catch of the day
- Ramped-up patrols to target illegal fishing hotspots this school holidays
- Gladstone fishing master receives $20,000 fine for repeat illegal fishing offences
- School holiday blitz: Rule-breakers caught, responsible fishers thanked
- New high-speed patrol vessel to target persistent night-time poachers
- Ayr to Mission Beach fishers beware: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine
- Ship master convicted and fined for entering no-go zone
- Repeat commercial fishing offenders banned from fishing in the Marine Park
- Fishy business costs Mackay vessel master
- Don't risk a fine this Easter break
- Dory operator cops hefty fine
- Patrols out in force these school holidays
- Know your plotter — know the zones
- Trawler operator fined for green zone breach
- Illegal recreational fishers caught in the act
- Recreational fisher pays $4000 for fishing in a green zone
- Public urged to report suspected illegal fishing and help protect the Reef
- Coral bleaching
- The facts on Great Barrier Reef coral mortality
- Low level coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
- Reef coral bleaching intensifies in far north
- Coral mortality rises in remote far north
- Signs of resilience in southern coral rebound
- Forum puts the focus on coral bleaching
- Statement on coral bleaching surveys
- Reminder: nominate now for Local Marine Advisory Committees
- Vale Joe Baker AO, OBE
- Pledge your support for the Great Barrier Reef
- Investment boost to the Great Barrier Reef
- Saving the Great Barrier Reef through new science partnerships
- Artist invitation for Reconciliation Action Plan
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- Southern Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- Far North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- $500 million funding “game changer” for the Great Barrier Reef
- Indigenous artwork to be enshrined in print
- We’re moving: new location in Townsville CBD
- Dive into the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef these school holidays!
- Shark control program continues in Marine Park
- Reef tribute to Marine Park visionary
- Reef Summit sets new course of action for the Great Barrier Reef
- Living memorial for Australian conservationist
- Welcoming UNESCO decision
- Early career Reef researchers receive a boost
- New rules to better protect and enable access to the Whitsundays
- Dr Evelyn Scott AO
- Release of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority governance review
- Australian oceanographer honoured in new reef naming
- Statement - marine fatalities
- First Indigenous council welcomed into Reef Guardian program
- Building the capacity of the world's coral reef managers and leaders
- Start of summer will see all eyes on the Great Barrier Reef
- Top 10 actions to protect the Great Barrier Reef released today
- Statement: release of site assessment report
- Low level coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
- World class coastal marine researcher appointed to board
- Ocean explorer honoured by reef naming
- Statement on out-of-court settlement with owners of Shen Neng 1
- Statement on Great Barrier Reef condition
- Celebrating GIS Day
- Minke whale and snubfin dolphin expert celebrated with reef naming
- Coral collecting
- Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
- Environmental impact
- Field management
- Reef Guardians
- Students float new ways to protect the Reef
- Students investigate Magnetic Island as Guardians of the Reef
- Mackay puts heads together for local and global reef initiative
- Cairns school becomes the latest Reef Guardian recruit
- Bowen puts heads together for local and global reef initiative
- Buzz in Bundaberg: saying no to plastics
- All eyes on the Reef for the Queen’s baton relay
- Capricorn coast goes green for the Reef
- Schools win with Reef health initiatives
- Gladstone Reef Guardians gather to brainstorm Reef future
- School leads Reef catchment action
- Students have their eye on the Reef
- Beach clean-up in school sight
- Townsville region Reef Guardians to workshop Reef issues
- Charters Towers Reef Guardians workshop solutions to Reef threats
- Bundaberg region students work together for the Reef
- Whitsundays Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future
- Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future
- Primary school students keep Australia and the Reef beautiful
- Cassowary Coast Reef Guardian Schools work together for the Reef
- Reef Guardian Schools work together for the Reef
- Douglas Reef Guardian Schools work together for the Reef
- Bowen Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future
- Hinchinbrook Reef Guardians gather to brainstorm Reef future
- Grants now open for university students studying the Great Barrier Reef
- Gladstone says no to marine debris
- Yeppoon says no to marine debris
- Rockhampton says no to marine debris
- Ayr students are reef champions
- Mackay students are reef champions
- Whitsunday students are reef champions
- Mackay coral collector is a reef champion
- Bundaberg students are reef champions
- Gladstone students are reef champions
- Capricorn Coast students are reef champions
- Cassowary Coast students are reef champions
- Douglas students are reef champions
- Ingham and Cardwell students are reef champions
- Townsville students are reef champions
- Cairns students are reef champions
- Townsville students are reef champions
- Bowen students are reef champions
- Sea country partnerships
- Species conservation
- Reef recreation strategy as coast population grows
- Plan ahead for visiting the Great Barrier Reef over Easter
- Zoning message working
- Keeping an eye on the Reef's health
- Resort boosts solar power to protect Reef
- Climate action good for Reef and business
- Whitsunday tourism operators cut emissions for Reef
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- Water quality
- Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
- Reef HQ Aquarium goes for gold at national tourism awards
- New wheels for sick turtles
- Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers add million-dollar touch
- Little Leroy makes a big splash on World Turtle Day
- Reef HQ Aquarium residents ready for their close-ups
- Chilly turtles warm to Reef HQ Aquarium
- Follow Phillip’s excellent new adventure
- Little Leroy flippers out into the big wide world
- Crown of thorns starfish
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
First recorded sighting of rare whale in the Great Barrier Reef
The first recorded sighting of an omura whale in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been reported to marine managers.
Reef Express in Mission Beach submitted images to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of what they first thought was the also rare sei whale.
Overnight an expert in Madagascar verified the sighting was in fact an omura whale. A second possible sighting — by Wavelength Reef Cruises in Port Douglas — is being verified.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Sightings Network Manager Chris Jones said this was a great example of citizen science in action.
“This is the first recorded sighting of an omura whale in the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
“We’re delighted this has been officially recorded in our sightings network, showing the important role of citizen science in contributing to our understanding of the marine environment.
“The species is rarely seen — it’s so rare we needed to track down an expert to confirm the identity of this enigmatic whale.
“We encourage anyone out on the water to report the sightings they see through our sightings network — you never know when you might discover something ground breaking.”
This is not the first time rare sightings were reported through the Marine Park Authority’s sightings network, with sei whales and whale shark aggregations also reported through the network.
Earlier this year National Geographic reported that scientists were starting to piece together the secret lives of seldom seen omura whales — previously considered an enigma.
In 2003 Japanese researchers identified it as a species in its own right. It was previously thought to be a smaller version of the similar-looking Bryde’s whale.
Genetic data confirmed the whale as its own species in 2006.
Sightings can be submitted to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority through Eye on the Reef.
Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846
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