Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Economy No Deterrent to See Our Humpbacks

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Economy No Deterrent to See Our Humpbacks

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Byline: Kristy Martin

WATCHING the flick of a tail, a cheeky wave or one of those breathtaking breaches, we become so fond of our humpback whales.

From July to November these giants of the deep call the Bay home.

But sadly it's time to say goodbye to these majestic mammals once more, as the end of the whale watching season is upon us.

Virginia Brigden, who runs Whalesong Cruises with her husband Jason, says it has been a "superb" season, with whale numbers on the rise and the antics of the great creatures impressing thousands of watchers.

"Overall there've been great whales, lots of whales, so the quality of the whale watching has been superb," Mrs Brigden said.

"At specific times there've been whales everywhere, so the whale numbers are not dwindling by any means."

Mrs Brigden said the last humpback pods tended to depart the Bay and head back to the cooler waters of the south at the end of October or the start of November.

"Last year we saw them up to November 5 and in 2007 we saw them until October 31," she said.

"The year before that it was November 6.

"You never know exactly when they will go, but you get to gauge what's going on out there by how many whales there are and by the temperature."

Many of the calves had been breaching, waving, smacking their tails and generally showing off for their audiences, she said. …

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