- Wellard R, Erbe C, Fouda L, Blewitt M (2015) Vocalisations of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in the Bremer Canyon, Western Australia. PLoS ONE 10: e0136535.
- Wellard R, Lightbody K, Fouda L, Blewitt M, Rigg D & Erbe C (2016) Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Predation on Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon spp.) in the Bremer Sub-Basin, Western Australia. PLOS ONE 11(12): e0166670
RESEARCH IN THE MEDIA
Our research and the animals we study have been lucky enough to feature in the media.
Here is a slice of what has been published in various outlets:
Herald Sun/ Sunday Times, May 2017
Groundbreaking WA research is shedding new light on killer whales, with more than 100 individuals now identified in an orca hot-spot off Bremer Bay.
At the forefront of research to learn more about the elusive and highly social WA killer whales is Bec Wellard, who has spent four seasons on a research boat 50km out to sea as she completes a PhD through Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.
The West Australian, April 2017
Researchers have produced a catalogue of some of the killer whale population in the Bremer Canyon they hope will help track the health, population size and individual characteristics of the monochromatic mammals.
PhD candidate Rebecca Wellard has worked on the Orca Research and Conservation Australia (ORCA) project from the beginning and said the best way to monitor killer whales and their ecosystem is to catalogue them.
Ms Wellard said scientists were still working to understand the population and abundance of killer whales and this catalogue was one step towards that goal.
Channel 9 News, March 2016
It’s one of the ocean’s biggest mysteries, and most stunning sights. Every year, deep water off WA’s south coast becomes a killer whale hotspot.
Channel 9 chats with Bec Wellard from Curtin University about this never before done Killer Whale research in Australia.
ABC Radio and News, February 2016
One of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest seasonal populations of killer whales or orcas have begun congregating at the Bremer Bay canyon in Western Australia.
Listen to the radio interview taken at sea and join us on the briney talking about this ocean wonder!
The West Australian, August 2016
This footage captured off Bremer Bay is helping WA researchers learn more about killer whales, but for the rest of us it’s just fun to watch.
New Scientist, December 2016
Killer whales off Australia have been seen killing and eating rare beaked whales – a behaviour never observed before.
The West Australian, February 2016
Huge six-tonne orcas repeatedly launched out of the water close to the boat before smashing back into the Southern Ocean.
ALBANY ADVERTISER/ THE WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER, January 2016
An article on a research trip onboard RV Whale Song with Centre for Whale Research, researching cetaceans, specifically killer whales and pilot whales.
SCOOP MAGAZINE, SPRING 2015
An article on the Naturaliste charters run out of small, sleepy seaside town Bremer Bay to see the unique aggregation of killer whales here in southern Western Australia.
PERTH NEWS. September 2015
An article detailing the PhD research undertaken by Rebecca Wellard on the acoustics of killer whales in Australian waters.
KILLER WHALE ACOUSTIC RESEARCH ON THE RADIO
ABC RADIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. 9 September 2015
Interviewed on ABC Radio by Di Darmody, Rebecca Wellard talks about the new research being done on the acoustics of killer whales here in Australian waters.
Curtin University’s media release for the first paper ever published on the killer whale acoustics here in Australian waters. This article was published in PlosOne Paper:
Albany Advertiser, September 2015
Thousands of orca calls recorded in a marine hotspot off the coast of Bremer Bay are hoped to shed light on the species population, distribution and behaviour. Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology research scientist Rebecca Wellard visited the Bremer Canyon during the seasonal aggregation of marine life over the past two summers and talks here about her recent research.
The Australian Geographic, June 2015
BREMER CANYON TURNS ON ORCA FEAST
The West Australian, April 2015
The amazing diversity of marine life found at
field site Bremer Canyon.
The West Australian, February 2015
Deploying a noise logger into the Bremer Canyon is exciting stuff!
A REAL ANIMAL ATTRACTION
The West Australian, March 2014
Feature article in the West Australian Weekend detailing the first research expedition undertaken in 2014. This was my first field trip out to the Canyon dedicated to collecting both visual and acoustic data on the killer whales.
The Guardian, February 2015
In the first of a series of special reports on extraordinary marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent visits a ‘pinprick’ in the Southern Ocean where, once a year, a jaw-dropping wonder of nature takes place.