Unlocking the language of killer whales

The transient killer whale is not typically considered one of Australia’s native ocean creatures, let alone one of Western Australia’s, but 24 nautical miles off Bremer Bay in the Bremer Canyon, a population of between 50 and 100 orcas live mostly undisturbed.

The aggregation was discovered in 2005 and has since become the most popular location in the country for killer whale research.

Curtin University PhD candidate Rebecca Wellard began studying marine mega fauna 10 years ago and two years ago she developed an interest in killer whales’ bioacoustics and communication.
She said since the discovery of the pod was so recent, there was a lot to learn about native WA killer whales.

“It is a frontier science, we’re not sure where they’re coming from or where they’re going,” she said.

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