Did you know, the word “Ningaloo” is aboriginal and means “Deep Water”, probably due to the close proximity of the reef to the coast. According to the Yinigudura people, the word “Ningaloo” also means “land jutting out to sea”.
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef on the west coast of any continent in the world, extending over 300 km. The reef is home to a range of marine life with the shallow lagoons and deeper offshore waters creating a diverse array of habitats.
To increase the ecological understanding of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area’s deep and shallow reefs and the reef’s shark and turtle populations, BHP Billiton Petroleum and CSIRO have formed a strategic marine research partnership, Ningaloo Outlook. This Industry-Science Research Partnership is investing $5.4 million over five years to gather new knowledge on the reef and its important ecological values.
The Ningaloo Outlook research program expects to deliver:
- Ecological assessments on the status of the ecological values
- New knowledge on Ningaloo reef to help conservation and management of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
- Community engagement to build capacity and understanding within the local community of Exmouth
- Training opportunities for the next generation of scientists to become world-class researchers
- Creating science knowledge transfer opportunities through an Annual Symposium and meeting with the people who are responsible for managing the Ningaloo Marine Park and World Heritage Area
Whale shark names… top 10 released….get your voting fingers out!!
Whale shark names – cast your vote to be counted! The tagging of whale sharks forms part of the tagging and tracking research theme and is conducted each year under the direction of our Senior Research Scientist Dr Rich Pillans. Its hoped that the data gathered from tagging these animals will help build a more […]
‘What’s in a name’….whale shark naming competition!
Its time to get festive with preparations for the 2017 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival in full swing! To celebrate this important event, some of the Ningaloo Outlook team will be on hand at Talanjee Oval at Exmouth on the 27th May 2017 …..and then off to get wet and salty! Dr Rich Pillans from the […]