WHALES passing through Cape Byron now have their own Twitter hashtag: #whaleon
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is calling on locals who see whales anywhere on the North Coast to tweet their sightings to @wildaboutwhales with the #whaleon hashtag or log them through a whale-watching mobile app.
NPWS Byron Coast ranger Nathan Oliver said most sightings 'tweeted' by people during the whale migration season, from June to November, are from around Cape Byron.
"With 1.2 million visitors every year, it's hardly surprising the bulk of whale sightings are from Cape Byron as it is unquestionably the best whale watching spot on the east coast", Mr Oliver said.
"I love reading the sightings that are logged by the public as it's clear seeing a whale is an exhilarating experience that can be unforgettable", he said.
"Not only are the posts informative about whale movements, many of the sightings describe exactly what the great marine mammals are doing, examples include:
Count of 23 parading south past Cape Byron this morning at sunrise, some frolicking, all a fair way out
Mum and bub heading north passing at Cape Byron!
One lonely breacher in wild weather
Still whales heading north! Four going north today, but nine south at sunrise at Cape Byron
"These sightings are also loaded onto the Wild About Whales website which is a great place for people to learn about whales migrating along our coastline and to find the best spots in our national parks to see whales and enjoy other great coastal adventures."
SHARE YOUR WHALE SIGHTINGS:
Tweeting your sightings to @wildaboutwhales with the hastag #whaleon
Log them through the Wild About Whales app for smart phone (available on Apple and Android, just search for Whales NSW)
Post photos on The Northern Star's Facebook page
Or visit wildaboutwhales.com.au to find the best spots in national parks to see whales and plan other great coastal activities.
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