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Cold water concerns for whale calf

Labor ‘throwing mud’, says Liberal MP Dixon

Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au WHALE researchers are hoping a humpback whale calf born off Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island will be able to reach warmer waters. It is the youngest ever humpback spotted in Victorian waters and only the third calf recorded. David Donnelly of the Hastingsbased Dolphin Research Institute said the calf, less than four metres long, was about two days old when first spotted swimming alongside its 16 metre long mother. “It’s possible that our cold waters could be dangerous for the calf,” Mr Donnelly said. “Humpback whales are usually born and spend their first months in warmer waters off northern New South Wales and Queensland, unlike southern right whales that normally give berth in Victoria’s relatively cold waters.” The calf’s prominent foetal folds would “fade as the calf matures”. “The mother was one of the largest humpback whales the DRI team have ever observed … Hopefully her size and condition indicate an experienced mother and she will be able to slowly move her calf to warmer waters before they return to the Antarctic feeding grounds in the coming summer,” Mr Donnelly said. He said the mother whale “needs to be girthy to have the reserves to supply her calf with the many hundreds of litres of milk every day during the 10-11 months until the calf is DECKING T/Pine 70x22 KD ACQ ........................... $2.40mt T/Pine 90x22 KD ACQ ........................... $3.05mt T/Pine 140x22 KD ACQ ......................... $6.25mt Merbau 70x19 Random ........................ $4.40mt Merbau 90x19 Random ........................ $5.50mt Merbau 140x22 Random .................... $12.50mt

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Baby all at sea: A four metre long humpback whale calf swimming alongside its mother off Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, is the youngest humpback recorded in Victorian waters. Picture: Sue Mason

weaned”. Mr Donnelly said the DRI spent no more than 10 minutes near the whales “to minimise interference at this stage of the calf’s life”. “This is a very unusual event and an extremely important to addition to the Two Bays Whale Project’s Victorian database, which so far this season has recorded record numbers of humpback whales off Victoria’s central

coast,” he said. DRI executive director Jeff Weir said humpback whales - on “the edge of extinction during the industrial whaling era” – had made an “impressive comeback” with 33,000 expected this year along the eastern Australian coast. “Unfortunately, the news is not so good for the southern right whale, with their south-eastern numbers

estimated to be only 250 to 300 individuals, with no noticeable increase in their population size,” he said. Whale watching sites recommended by the DRI include Port Phillip Heads, and Cape Schanck as well as The Nobbies, Pyramid Rock and Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. For details of the Two Bays project and to report whale sightings go to www.dolphinresearch.org.au

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NEPEAN MP Martin Dixon has scoffed at claims by deputy premier James Merlino that he was among 18 state Liberal Party MPs to break parliamentary rules by using electorate staff for political campaigning during business hours. Mr Merlino’s allegations come after Victoria Police last week raided the offices of state Labor MPs in the socalled “Red Shirts Affair” in relation to the actions of their staff before the 2014 state election. Fallout from the affair rocked the state Labor government and sent ministers into hiding last week. Mr Merlino said he had provided evidence to police that he alleges proves Liberal electorate staffers also did political campaigning for their MPs. He said this allowed the Liberal Party to “access taxpayer funded expenditure in the order of $2 million” for its election campaign. Mr Dixon said the minister was “throwing mud”. “This is a desperate stunt by a desperate premier (Daniel Andrews) with six ministers under police investigation,” Mr Dixon said. “With the fraud and extortion squad conducting dawn raids on 17 Labor people, the Andrews government are now throwing mud everywhere.” Mr Dixon will not contest this year’s November state election. His electorate office manager, Russell Joseph, has been preselected as the Liberals’ Nepean candidate. Stephen Taylor

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