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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

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.