Humpback whales are on their way
Recent sightings by Southern Cross University research scientists and Cape Byron Trust volunteers confirm that humpback whales have begun their annual migration up the east coast of Australia past Cape Byron.
Cape Byron Trust chairperson Yvonne Stewart said each year local residents and visitors were privileged to observe one of nature’s great spectacles, as whales migrate along the coast.
“Cape Byron is recognised as one of the best land based places in the world to watch humpback whales,” Ms Stewart said.
“During their migration whales can come quite close to the coastline and are often seen in groups or a ‘pod’ of three or four.
“The whales pass north along the NSW coast on their way to breeding grounds off the Queensland coast in the Coral Sea,” Ms Stewart said.
“To celebrate the beginning of the humpback whale migration, Cape Byron Trust in partnership with Whales Alive, will be hosting guest speakers from Southern Cross University specialising in humpback whales.
“Whales Alive is a Pacific based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and celebration of Whales.”
On Saturday, June 5, World Environment Day, presentations will take place adjacent to the lighthouse from 11am to 12.30pm.
“Whales Alive and Cape Byron Trust volunteers will be on hand with binoculars and advice to assist people to locate whales whilst listening to the guest speakers.
“Speakers will introduce people to whale biology and ecology, explain the nature and extent of humpback whale migration up the east coast and then explore the behaviour and social systems of humpback whales.
“The day should be a great opportunity for people to find out a bit about whales and maybe see a few whales pass the Cape.”
“Due to the limited amount of parking at the lighthouse the Trust would encourage those that can to walk up if possible,” said Ms Stewart.