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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.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.