Ballina to adopt own humpback
By Mary Mann
'BA04042' is not much of a name for a humpback whale. Which is why Ballina Shire Council is going to give local school kids the chance to give it a 'real' name. The council is in the process of adopting the whale as part of the Humpback Whale Migration Icon project. Cr Alan Rich has been pushing for the adoption and on Thursday received the unanimous support of his fellow councillors.
"It's a call to say 'hands off our whales'," Cr Rich said. Cr Rich has asked Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre staff to identify a whale that is a regular visitor to Ballina's waters for possible adoption. The whale suggested is a male known as BA04042, which was photographed by SCU researchers off Ballina twice in 2004, and by researcher Trish Franklin off Hervey Bay in 2001, 2004 and 2005.
The Icon project is trying to get 50 councils on the east and west coasts of Australia to adopt a whale to raise awareness of threats facing whales. Ballina Shire schools can participate in the naming competition after the October holidays.