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A humpback whale sighted from Terrigal early last week.Photo courtesy Central Coast Dolphin Project. A humpback whale sighted from Terrigal early last week.Photo courtesy Central Coast Dolphin Project. Featured
08 June 2019 Posted by 

GREAT HUMPBACK WHALE MIGRATION

Parade of seagoing giants passing by
THE great humpback whale migration has begun, with more than 30,000 of the majestic creatures expected to pass through Central Coasty waters in the next couple of months, seeking warmer climes for winter.

Central Coast Dolphin Project (CCDP) says a few sightings have already been made off Copacabana, Terrigal and Soldiers Beach during the first week of May.

“Humpback whales leave their summer feeding grounds in Antarctica, in February, to migrate over 5000 km north to the warm waters of the Coral Sea, to mate and give birth,” CCDP spokesperson Ronny Ling said.

“These magnificent whales create a huge spectacle for whale watchers as they pass the NSW east coast.”

Mr Ling said top places to observe the whales from included Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana, The Skillion at Terrigal, Crackneck Lookout at Bateau Bay and Norah Head.

“It’s best to go early in the morning, when the wind is low, and the sun silhouettes the whales’ blow,” he said.

“By mid-June the Humpback Highway will be in full swing, and plenty of whales can be viewed any time of the day.

“This year, the Central Coast’s only local whale watch vessel, Terrigal Ocean Tours is helping Central Coast Dolphin Project collect data on marine mammals visiting and passing the Central Coast.

“The Central Coast Dolphin Project is again asking people to phone or text their whale and dolphin sightings through to 0435 348 552.

“The data collected will help protect the creatures and help authorities and academics ensure their long-term survival.”



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