The little known dwarf minke whale was only discovered in Great Barrier Reef (GBR) waters during the 1980s, and research into its biology and ecology has only recently begun.

During the 1990s, live-aboard dive tour operators in the Cairns section of the GBR began reporting in-water interactions with these whales along the Ribbon Reefs during the winter months.

Much remains unknown about these whales including population and migration patterns. We have no idea where are those whales out of those 2-3 winter months.

The Minke Whale Project fund has been set up by James Cook University to support research into dwarf minke whale biology, behaviour and sustainable wildlife tourism interactions. Donations can be made at

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