As part of the permission from the Department of
Transport & Regional Services the VK9ML team is
required to report any sightings of wildlife, particularly
whales, dolphins and turtles whilst en-route to Mellish.
Reports on reef vegetation, wildlife, any environmental
damage, storm damage or pollution are required too.
Right - How to approach a whale.
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Above - Melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) travel in large
herds in tropical and sub-tropical oceanic waters. Length: 2.3 - 2.8m.
Above - Dept of Transport & Regional Services documentation
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Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are the most easily identified
dolphins, often seen close inshore and riding the bow waves of vessels.
Below is a copy of the the VK9ML license issued by the
Australian Communications Authority on 14 February, 2001
for amateur radio operation from Mellish Reef.
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