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Each year during the months of October and November thousands of humpback whales depart their breeding grounds in Polynesia for the long migration south. They swim through the Kermadec waters, passing close to Raoul Island, and on to the Antarctic where krill is abundant during the summer months.
Video by Bruce Foster
In SIGHTINGS, marine biologist Rochelle Constantine, attempts to capture a DNA sample from one or the early starters - a sole humpback – the only one seen near Raoul during a week in September 2012. These samples contribute to the growing understanding of the lifecycle of this species. Added: 12/03/2012
Tags: Interviews | Marine Education | Marine Mammals | Marine Reserves | Kermadec Islands | Monitoring and Research
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