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Whales Facts

Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface and this vast environment is home to some of the Earth’s most fascinating creatures: whales.

Whales are complex, often highly social and intelligent creatures. They are mammals like us. They breath air, have hair on their bodies (though only very little), give birth to live young and suckle their calves through mammary glands. But unlike us, whales are perfectly adapted to the marine environment with strong, muscular and streamlined bodies insulated by thick layers of blubber to keep them warm.

COMMON WHALE SPECIES

Find out about some of the more common species of whales found in the Southern Ocean.

   

OTHER WHALE SPECIES

Information on some amazing whales who don't visit our shores all that often...

    

WHALES IN AUSTRALIA

We've shared the water with these gentle giants throughout our history, find out more!

   
 

WHALE RESEARCH

Whales are gentle animals that have graced the planet for over 50 million years and are present in all oceans of the world

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