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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.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.