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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Andrews Beaked Whale

Andrews Beaked Whale
There are only about 35 records of this whale and most from Australasian waters. The most distinctive feature are the pair of massive teeth which protrude midway along the beak in the darker coloured male. They have a small head with dolphin-like beak, which is whitish in colour (mainly towards the front in the male). They have a small, low, blunt tipped triangular dorsal fin set two thirds or more along the body, rounded flippers and tail flukes without a notch.

General Information

Newborns are about 2.2m, adult females 4.6m and males 4.8m and reach 2.6 tonnes. Usually Andrews Beaked Whales are solitary but may occur in groups up to six. They generally occur 1000km offshore in deep water and feed on squid.

Stranding Information

Most strandings occur in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales with most sightings and strandings being in New Zealand and South Australia but even these are rare. All ten Australian records and 4 New Zealand records were for strandings in summer and autumn suggesting a seasonal movement inshore at this time however 11 other animals stranded in New Zealand in winter and spring. Studies of anthropogenic noise on beaked whales suggest that immature animals are more susceptible. Beaked whales use a relatively high echolocation of 120kHz or more.