WWF is supporting a new project to track narwhals, Arctic whales best known for the long tusk that projects forward from their faces.
The project partners fitted the little-researched whales with satellite tracking devices. WWF is also launching a web page to showcase the partners’ fieldwork and research, with maps and information about the latest movements of the narwhals as they move around Baffin Bay in Canada’s Nunavut territory.
Pete Ewins, Arctic species specialist for WWF-Canada, said that it is expected the project will contribute fascinating information about the habits of narwhals.
“We’re supporting this project because it is a chance to better understand these animals while their world changes around them. We know Narwhals are often associated with sea ice, and we know the sea ice is shrinking. WWF is trying to understand how narwhals, as well as all other ice associated animals in the arctic can adapt to a changing environment. We can put this knowledge together with existing Inuit knowledge, and we can work with Inuit and other stakeholders to help the animals survive the coming changes.”
The Impossible Speciment,
THIS PHOTO WON THE NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, HOWEVER I THINK THIS CAPTURES MORE THAN JUST THE SCENERY AND STANDS FOR MORE THAN JUST A ‘GREAT’ PICTURE.
Two Nelson photographers have won awards in the prestigious New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year.
Dougal Hilson was named Young Photographer of the Year and Tim Cuff won the Photostory category at last night’s awards in Auckland.
There were nearly 3000 entries in the four categories of the awards this year.
Nelson College student Dougal said this morning that he was surprised at his win. His category was open to people aged up to 21.
Dougal said he entered all four of the categories in the competition, but his favourite shots were probably his photo series of bees.
He took the photos of the insects in his Nelson garden after seeing a documentary on bees and finding its cinematography impressive.
Dougal said he set out to take pictures of bees in flight, which he thought would be a challenge. He got the photos by being patient and shooting quickly when the moment arose.
The 15-year-old said he had been taking photos for three years, and was interested in pursuing it as a hobby in the future.
At present, he was keen to pursue a career in the neural or behavioural science area.
Mr Cuff, a freelance photographer from Atawhai, said this morning his winning photo essay was a series of six photos he took of the pilot whale stranding in Puponga, Golden Bay this February.
It was the first time he had been to a whale stranding and it was something he had wanted to see.
Mr Cuff said he arrived at the end of the first day of the stranding and was able to photograph the volunteers working with the animals.
He got up at dawn the next morning expecting to see a lot of whales on the beach, but the mammals had unexpectedly managed to free themselves during the night.
He said 14 of the pod died, but 70 or so lived, after restranding a couple of times and being helped by Department of Conservation workers. “It was a fantastic experience. Although it was sad that 14 whales died, it was a good news experience.”
Mr Cuff, who is a stringer photographer for The New Zealand Herald, said the photos featured in the Herald and the Nelson-Marlborough magazine The Wild Tomato.
He originally trained as a documentary photographer, so he had enjoyed using those skills again.
The finalists and images can be seen in the November-December issue of New Zealand Geographic.
- The Nelson Mail
Heyy guys. Sorry the posting has been lacking the past couple of days. I’ve been sick, getting job interviews, and decorating the house for the holiday season. I am going to try and put some stuff in the que so at least a couple things come through each day, at least until I have more time. But don’t worry. Good posts are to come. And questions always welcomed. =D
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Dream to swim with one of these guys one day.
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