Oskar Peterson

Oskar founded the White Whale Research Centre as a way of coordinating information from the general public, universities, research centres and the media. During ‘whale season’ when Migaloo is frequently sighted along the east coast of Australia, Oskar donates countless hours keeping in touch with various groups so everyone can stay up to date with Migaloo. Oskar’s drive is to educate people about the rules in place that protect Migaloo from harassment and protecting his marine environment. Migaloo caught his imagination and attention when he was first sighted at Byron Bay and it has been a labor of love over many years. Anyone who calls in a sighting of Migaloo is likely to talk to Oskar, and if you do, please take a moment to say ‘thank you’ to Oskar for his hard work and dedication.

Trish Franklin

Trish has twenty-five years experience studying the behaviour and social organisation of Humpback whales. Her research has focussed on individual and group social behaviour of migrating humpback whales and the social organisation and temporal segregation of classes of humpback whales during the southern migration in Hervey Bay off the southeast coast of Queensland. Her work is making a direct contribution to the management and conservation of the eastern Australian humpback whales.

In 1988 Trish established The Oceania Project as a non-profit, tax exempt, NGO to support the conservation of Cetacea through research and education programs. The primary focus of The Oceania Project is a long-term study of the behavior and ecology of humpback whales in Hervey Bay. Trish’s Photo ID work aboard The Oceania Project’s Annual Whale Research Expedition in Hervey Bay has created a unique long-term Photo-identification data set, with extensive individual re-sighting histories.

Craig Parry

Craig is Migaloo's official photographer and has helped to capture some amazing imagery of Migaloo above and below the water. He is a multi award winning oceanic and nature photographer of international acclaim, based in Byron Bay, Australia. Visit for more information.