Media Release – 30 May 2013
Whale watching season is on for 2013! And whale watchers are in for a bumper season if early signs are anything to go by.
The official launch by NSW Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, took place yesterday at North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park – one of Sydney’s premier whale watching spots.
“There’s no doubt that seeing a whale in the flesh can be a thrilling and sometimes even life changing experience,” said Geoff Ross, Coordinator of Marine Fauna for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
“We’re anticipating that at least 16,000 humpback whales are predicted to pass the NSW coastline during the season which runs from the start of June until November.
“The migration truly is a spectacular sight and we encourage people to get out and explore their national parks located along the coast which offer some of the best vantage points from which to see the whales,” he continued.
“These whales were pushed to the verge of extinction and have rebounded tremendously in our waters as a result or the pressures being taken off them with whaling. They really are ‘our whales’. They’re coming home after feeding in the southern oceans and we’re privileged to be able to see them daily from some of the most scenic spots within our NSW national parks.
“ You can get involved by sharing your whale sightings on Twitter (@wildaboutwhales) or Facebook, or let us know via our Wild About Whales mobile app,” Mr Ross concluded.
The best whale watching spots can be found in our national parks all along the NSW coast, stretching from Byron Bay in the North, to Eden in the South.
As well as whale watching, there are plenty of other activities to experience in our coastal national parks, from bushwalking and photography, to Discovery tours and spotting a wealth of other marine and land based wildlife.
Start your own coastal adventure at www.wildaboutwhales.com.au. It’s the best way for you to learn about whales migrating along our coastline, and to find the best spots in our national parks to see whales and enjoy other great coastal adventures.