Want a life time experience with whales and helping with state for the art research? Join us on our research expeditions on the Gold Coast this whale season. More infos and bookings here or check out our event page on Facebook.
AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
The magnificent humpback whale was once hunted to near extinction. Placed under protection in 1966, the population has increased year upon year with up to 30,000 whales passing through Queensland waters in 2018, compared to only 500 in the 1960s. While the humpback whale population is thriving, there is much to discover about the majestic creatures and observing whales in their natural environment is a vital element of protecting, nurturing and growing the species.
Here’s your incredible opportunity to join world-class research and monitoring projects on board an expert-lead research tour! Learn about the habits and behaviors of humpback whales to help the population grow further and leave your footprint on the marine ecosystem.
Who is Dr Olaf Meynecke?
Dr Olaf Meynecke is an esteemed marine biologist and co-founder of Humpbacks and High-rises; a not-for-profit expedition providing research opportunities to fellow marine enthusiasts.
Based at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Dr Meynecke is a keen whale researcher and passionate advocate for preserving marine life through understanding the habits and behaviors of mammals including dolphins and sea turtles.
Dr Olaf’s current research focusses on understanding the impact of climate change on humpback whales’ migrating habits. As a leading international researcher, environmental factors have helped us learn more about the practices of humpback whales which further helps to protect the species leading to overall healthier marine life.
Dr Olaf has lived and researched in south-east Queensland for over 12 years and gained a thorough understanding of the Gold Coast marine environment.
Dr Olaf has dedicated his recent career to understanding the humpback whale. The Humpback and High-rise research tour is supported by Dr Olaf’s research assistant and boat captain. The tour gives particpants the opportunity to use new and exciting technology to achieve the following:
THE RESEARCH VESSEL
We use a 6m semi-inflatable commercial vessel with a rift hull, with shade canopy and powerful engine. It is ideal for research activities due to it’s compact size and close proximity to the water.
INCLUDED AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE
TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TOUR
The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions but here’s the basis of what you can expect:
Arrive, meet and greet, check into your accommodation (self organised) and attend a presentation at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus by Dr Olaf Meynecke
Saturday and Sunday
Full days at sea conducting research and survey activities beginning at approximately 7.00 am with the preparation of equipment and ending at approximately 4.00 pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
Optional barbecue with staff and other members of the tour
Land-based survey at Burleigh Heads
Sunday late afternoon
Optional dinner to compare data and mingle
Who’s the tour for?
Anyone with a keen passion for humpback whales or marine Biology – no previous experience necessary! Ideal for Marine Biology students and interns. You’ll get closer to whales than any other tour in Australia and develop a real understanding of these magnificent marine mammals. Click here to book today.
HOW TO JOIN