Excitement is building along the coast of Australia as whales begin to make their migration north from Antarctica. Humpback whale sightings have been reported off Narooma in NSW and Warnambool in Victoria while Minke Whales are already enjoying the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Minke Whales generally visit North Queensland in May, June, July whereas Humpback whales are sighted from July to September.
From Warnambool Whale Watching comes this report:
The 2014 whale season is currently underway with a few sightings during the last week. There has been a number of Humpback whales seen along the the southern coast and also the first Southern Right whale was spotted about a week ago just off Seal Bay (Kangaroo Island). Locally there has been several sightings of Humpback whales from Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool, however in most cases the whales have been some distance off shore and only visible with binoculars. Sightings of Humpbacks will continue for at least the next the next month or so, but the Humpback whales don’t come close to shore and, as they are migrating to the warmer waters of Northern Queensland, they are usually only visible for a short period of time.
From Narooma, NSW:
A Narooma Charters skipper, Norman Ingersole, saw a young humpback in the last week of April off Surf Beach. Mr Ingersole was on his way to do a Montague Island tour when he saw the whale’s tail flapping in the water. “And it was just sort of sitting on the surface a little bit,” Mr Ingersole said. “It came up and had a bit of a look around us….We got some nice pictures of it; some nice tail shots and then unfortunately I had to leave to do an island tour. “It is a little bit early to get them around this time of the year, plus the fact that the water temperature at the time was around 23 degrees which is reasonably hot.” (Story courtesy ABC News).