October 26, 2015
by Geoff Cumming
If they weren't so committed, you might think these scientists are mad. Perched in an inflatable boat mid-ocean, metres from a humpback whale, it takes skill - and no little courage - to shoot a satellite tracking device into said whale's backside.
"Whales have a large personal space," explains Dr Rochelle Constantine of Auckland University's marine mammal ecology group.
"Once you get within about 20m they either don't mind you being there or they do.…
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