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Familiar Fluke August – Blade Runner

31 August 2018 | DWC Blog

We had nearly forgotten about our monthly contribution to our ‘Familiar Fluke’ blog!

This month’s whale is one we have heard and read about. ‘Bladerunner’ as she is known by, suffered injuries from a boat’s propeller after a ship strike in Sydney in 2001. Bladerunner is believed to have up to 15 deep scars on her side and even her fluke was damaged.

Blade Runner - Jervis Bay - Dolphin Watch Cruises

Although not as famous as last month’s familiar fluke (Migaloo), her unique scars make her very recognisable among the whale watching and research community. Sighted in Eden in 2008 and twice in 2013 (north alone & south in October with a calf), the pair were then again sighted in January 2014 by Micheline Jenner in the icy waters of the Antarctic!

Although these aren’t the kind of markings we like to see, it is a reminder to respect the regulations for zones of approach for cetaceans in our oceans and be mindful of their presence!
 
We hope to see her traveling past or resting in Jervis Bay possibly with a calf as the whales begin to travel back towards Antarctica this Southern Migration.
Blade Runner 02 - Jervis Bay - Dolphin Watch Cruises
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