Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Whale Watchers Changing the World; Marine Biologists Curt and Micheline Jenner Have Devoted Their Lives to Whale Research

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Whale Watchers Changing the World; Marine Biologists Curt and Micheline Jenner Have Devoted Their Lives to Whale Research

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom Kathy.Sundstrom@scnews.com.au

A PETITE, strawberry blonde greets us at the door of the bulky looking research ship and invites us into the inner sanctum.

It's not what you'd expect.

In contrast to the austere metal exterior, the inside of RV Whale Song is plush and homely.

Someone has made coffee, cookies are on the large dining-room table and a flat-screen television hangs on the wall.

In the corner of a room a young girl is quietly doing a giant jigsaw puzzle.

It could be the lounge-room of any one-bedroom apartment in Australia.

There's even the Jack Russell, Skipper, to welcome us.

It's hard to believe this is the same boat being used to conduct potentially world-changing whale research.

RV Whale Song has been on the Sunshine Coast for the past two weeks conducting research into the effects of seismic exploration on whales.

The results could set a world benchmark for the distance the oil and gas exploration industry needs to maintain between its equipment and the whales.

Its owners, Curt and Micheline Jenner, are also not what you'd expect for world experts on whales.

Micheline meets us at the door and the couple is warm, open, engaging and quite comfortable showing us around their ahomea.

It's only when you go up to the bridge of Whale Song that it is evident what the vessel is a a research platform.

Here, from the captain's chair, Curt can survey the massive array of equipment being used to test the effects of seismic exploration on whales.

Below deck there is room for 16 researchers to sleep. The sleeping quarters look snug and comfortable and the beds have cheerful doonas.

RV Whale Song is a far cry from the first boat this couple used for their studies of the giants of the deep.

aWe built our first one,a Micheline said.

And while Curt was building their first boat, she was abuilding the crewa.

aI was pregnant with our first child (a daughter, Micah),a she said. …

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