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Come help count the whales at Cape Byron today

WHALE WATCHERS: Pictured at Cape Byron lighthouse were Bermagui tourists, Stefani and Adrian Iodice and their children Luke, 6, Emily, 3 and Marlon, 2.
WHALE WATCHERS: Pictured at Cape Byron lighthouse were Bermagui tourists, Stefani and Adrian Iodice and their children Luke, 6, Emily, 3 and Marlon, 2. Megan Kinninment

WHALE watchers have been in luck this week with spectacular sightings of the ocean giants migrating along the coast.

July is the peak of the whale-watching season and Cape Byron lighthouse was abuzz with visitors on Monday morning watching an adult whale and calf pass close to the shore.

Bermagui couple, Stefani and Adrian Iodice brought their three children up to the lighthouse to see if they could spot a few of the 16,000 whales expected to pass by this season.

"We saw a whale and calf and they were swimming pretty close," Ms Iodice said.

"We've been to Byron Bay before, but this is the closest we've ever seen them."

Luke Iodice, 6, said he knew he'd spotted a whale when: "I saw it spurting its water," he said.

This Sunday, July 21, is the Cape Byron Whale Count Day and the National Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging whale watchers to visit the Cape between 8am and noon for the annual count.

NPWS coordinator of marine fauna programs, Geoff Ross said humpbacks are the most commonly sighted whales off the Byron Bay coastline.

"Although sightings are rarer, there is also a chance to see southern right whales, orcas and minke whales," he said.

Mr Ross said the whale population was increasing by 10% and over 16,000 humpbacks were expected to pass by the Cape this year on their annual migration from Antarctica to breed and mate.

If attending the Cape Byron Whale Count Day, NPWS suggest people bring their own chair or picnic blanket and binoculars.

As parking is limited, visitors are encouraged to walk from Wategos Beach or the Pass.


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