Having a whale of a time researching

Griffith University researchers are using humpback whales as “canaries in the coalmine” to tell them what’s happening in Antarctica.

A team lead by Associate Professor Susan Bengtson Nash, of Griffith’s Southern Ocean Persistent Organic Pollutants Program (SOPOPP), has been monitoring the East coast of Australia migrating population for the past 10 years.

Professor Bengston Nash said they used the whales as a sentinel species to indicate what is happening in the Antarctic sea ice system.

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