Subject: Humpback whales

Lindsay J Porter (h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk)
Sun, 5 Apr 1998 21:29:55 +0800 (HKT)

>Hi. I am a natural history documentary TV Producer doing some research for a
>script on whales. Please can you tell me what the latest theory is as to why
>whales breach and lobtail? I would also like to know who is the best person to
>call for questions on Humpback vocalisations.
>Thank you,
>

Dear Tria,
There has been a lot of work on humpbacks (and I assume you mean the whales
here - not the dolphin).  

Dr Phil Clapham has been working on this species for several year and  is
considered an authority.  I suggest contacting him (below) for an expert opion

Phil Clapham
Smithsonian Institution
claphamp@nmnh.si.edu


Also, try looking on the websites 
http://www.oit.itd.umich.edu/bio/doc.cgi/Chordata/Mammalia/Cetacea/Balaenopt
eridae/Megaptera_novaeangliae.ftl

Humpback Whale Adoption
http://www.webcom.com/~iwcwww/whale_adoption/waphome.html

3D animation of feeding humpbacks
http://fas.sfu.ca/cs/research/projects/Whales

Hawaiian Humpbacks
http://www.nos.noaa.gov/nmsp/hinms

Hervey Bay, Australian humpbacks
http://owl.qut.edu.au/

Sorry I can't be of more help
best wishes

Lindsay J Porter
email h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk
Dolphin Research Group
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Cape d'Aguilar
Hong Kong
website: http://www.webdivers.co.uk/dolphin/index.html