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Australian Antarctic Magazine — Issue 24: June 2013

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This pod of Antarctic minke whales was photographed in Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, by Dr Ari Friedlaender, a research scientist from Duke University in the United States. Dr Friedlaender led a team gathering insights into the diving and feeding behaviours of humpback and minke whales, using data logging and satellite tags. A green tag is visible on one of the whales in this photo (back cover). Read more about the research on page 4. (Image courtesy of Ari S. Friedlaender, NMFS Permit 14097, ACA Permit 2009-013).