IFAW’s fifth National Whale Day is on Saturday 02 June.
National Whale Day is a celebration of the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually and Australia’s position as a world leader in whale conservation.
National Whale Day provides an opportunity to raise awreness of, and discsuss solutions to, the threats facing whales and their environment including commercial whaling, climate change, vessel strikes, noise pollution, marine debris and bycatch.
Since 2008 communities around Australia have joined in National Whale Day by holding events such as paddle outs, whale watch trips, talks, exhibitions, beach cleanups and performances.
This international whale day IFAW are asking that people keep watch for whales! You may just be treated to the show of a lifetime, but keep your distance – there are regulations around how close you can get to whales and dolphins. These rules are in place to protect people as well as marine mammals and keep it down – both noise and speed should be kept to a minimum on the water when around whales.
Australians love water and if they can’t be in it, they want to be on it – in boats, on boards or jet skis. Recently IFAW have seen a rise in incidents involving deliberate or accidental harassment of whales and dolphins in our waters, and injuries from vessel strikes.The theme this year aims to encourage responsible behaviour on our waters around whales and dolphins by keeping watch . Why not use wind, wave or paddle powered craft, such as sail boats, sail boards, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, etc around your local coastline to celebrate the day?
How can you get involved?
Humpback Icon Project (HIP) communities and councils around the country will be holding events and IFAW encourages anyone who loves whales and the water to participate.
Check out the map below to find an event near you:
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