The Whale Watch website is a collaboration effort between world renowned whale educator and researcher, Associate Professor Michael Williamson, Wheelock College, Boston and St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School.
Each year a group of students will be observing and collating photo IDs of the whales, as well as collecting water samples of the whales’ environment. Little research and data collection has been done in this region, and St Mary’s students receive certification from Wheelock College for making this contribution to global research.
The research uses an online database, MICSPIX, a multi species photo processing and matching programme accessible to researchers globally, allowing researchers to post photos and track the migration habits of these awesome creatures. St Mary’s IT department provides assistance in the development of this database.
Michael Williamson founded Whalenet, an interactive educational website focused on whales and marine research in 1993. Today, the website has become an international phenomenon with over 1 million hits each month by young whale watchers from 140 countries.
Whalenet enables teachers and students to access satellite tracking data of whales and other marine life carried out by research organisations, and provide opportunities for students to virtually tag, track and monitor the travels and habitats of marine animals.
St Mary’s has one of the best and longest running school Marine Science programmes in Australia, and is only one of a handful of schools to offer the Master Diving programme within the school curriculum.
To visit the website click here. Please note that visitors can sign in with username "guest" and password "guest". Enjoy.