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Hervey Bay Whale Festival

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay


Thursday, August 3 2023

Creating Waves

Join us for 'Creating Waves' - a night of personal tales hosted by UniSC in the Main Lecture Hall on 4 August. Meet Hervey Bay academics researching our majestic creatures as they migrate past our coast. Traditional owners will explain the importance of the whales to the Butchulla people and how whale songlines connect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders along the entire east coast of Australia. Learn how citizen scientists are contributing to the “Happy Whale” fluke identification system which is extending throughout the oceans of the world.

Tickets $2.00 

Proceeds of this event go to Turtle Rehabilitation and Research Centre 

Creating Waves

Creating Waves Event Details

Main Lecture Hall, Building B 

UniSC Fraser Coast Campus, Pialba 

5.30pm – 8pm 

Tickets $2.00 

Creating Waves

Event Schedule

6:00pm – Aunty Veronica Bird

 Welcome to Country and cultural importance of whales and connection to sea country  

6:15pm – Dr. Kathy Townsend, (MC and WWHSSC/USC)  

Introduction to The Whale Heritage Site Steering Committee and Hervey Bay’s Vision to be the World’s Pre-eminent Whale Heritage Site.  

6:20pm - Dr Jodi Edwards (Research Fellow RMIT University)

A proud Dharawal woman will present her work on “Whale Songlines that connect First Nations along the East Coast of Australia.” 

6:35pm - Dr. Wally Franklin (Founder Oceania Project) 

Update on “HappyWhale” & Citizen Science for Humpback Whales of Hervey Bay

6:50pm – Jane McFee-Frew (University of NSW)

"Identifying Orca rake marks on Humpback whales using AI  

7:05pm – Dr. Barry McGovern (Pacific Whale Foundation)

“Long term humpback whale research in Hervey Bay”

7:20pm – Georgina Hume (University of the Sunshine Coast)

“Dolphins of the Great Sandy Straights.” 

7:35pm – Julia Lennan

“Historical and contemporary abundance and emigration patterns of Humpback whales in Hervey Bay” 

7:50pm – Ianuk (Nuk) Athien-Hayes

“Humpback whale migration and shark migratory pathways overlap and interactions”