Now in the peak of their southern migration, humpback whales are traveling south as part of their annual 5000 kilometre journey between the cool waters of Antarctica and the warm waters of Tropical North Queensland.
Out of all marine mammals, humpback whales are some of the most inquisitive. This season we have had some incredible encounters with these marine giants. At CoastXP we are running encounter tours until the beginning of November to witness these majestic animals up close. Humpback whales are so fascinating that when they are fully grown, adults can weigh up to 50 tonnes!
Annually, whale watching along the Hunter Coastline from Seal Rocks to Broken Bay sees thousands of Humpbacks passing our coast. For some of the best land vantage points along the Hunter Coastline check out the ANZAC Memorial Walk in Newcastle or Mount Tomaree in Port Stephens!
ORRCA the Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia are purely made up of volunteers, involved with marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and release. They have a 24-hour Rescue Hotline where you can report all injured or distressed marine mammals on (02) 9415 3333. Each year they also have a whale census as well as training workshops!
The NSW State Government and National Parks and Wildlife Service also have plenty of great resources available through the Wild About Whales app or website, including the location, species and direction of recent sightings!
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Our whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.