The countdown is on…
The countdown is on!!!
Only a few days ago, the guys from Dolphin Watch Cruises down in Jervis Bay, NSW, spotted the first of the Humpback whales migrating up the east coast of Australia (see photo below). This is exciting news as it marks the start of the whale watching season in Australia, and not long from now, these big guys will be passing us here on the Gold Coast.
First Humpback of the 2017 season on the East Coast of Australia. Photo credit: Dolphin Watch Cruises - Jervis Bay, 22/4/2017
Scientific research estimates that the Humpback whale population on the east coast of Australia is now over 20’000 individuals. A stark contrast from 1978 when the population was at it’s all time low of just over 100 individuals. It is such an incredible feat for the whales, and also shows their utter strength and resilience in what would have been a very scary time for all whale species.
A haunting image of a whaling station during a brutal past time. Photo credit: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Inst./Univ. of Cambridge/Getty
There is still a lot to be done for not only Humpback whales, but for all whale species that are subject to whaling in other parts of the world. And one way of doing this is with accurate, non-invasive scientific data that will help us to understand how important whales are, and how what we need to be doing in order to protect them.
The Japanese ship Yushin Maru, capturing and killing a Minke whale, all in the name of research. Photo credit: Marianna Baldo - Sea Sheperd
Here at Whales in Paradise, we team up with a local non-for-profit organisation called Humpbacks and Highrises, who send a team of volunteers out almost everyday of the whale watching season on the Gold Coast. These volunteers collect vital information that is collated, analysed, and interpreted by Dr. Olaf Meynecke and his team of experts. His findings can then be used to help make decisions regarding Humpback whales, and also help other scientists around the world, who continue to grow the knowledge base of such incredibly important marine species.
Dr. Olaf Meynecke (centre) and Holly Richmond (right), teaming up with Earthwatch, a proud supporter of Humpbacks and High-rises. Photo credit: David Biddulph Photography.
We look forward to working with Humpbacks and High-rises this year, and will be posting on our social media accounts each week with their findings. So stay tuned for some insightful knowledge from the team at Humpbacks and High-rises.
As for us at Whales in Paradise, we will be kicking off our whale watching tours from Saturday the 27th of May. This year we will be running 4 permanent tours: 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. We will also be running a 7am tour in the peak season during school holidays and also for large, group bookings.
If you would to make a booking, or have any questions, please contact one of the friendly reservation staff on (+61) 07 55382111 today.
We promise you’ll have a whale of a time…
‘Mahi Mahi’ getting mugged by a beautiful Humpback Whale during one of our tours. Photo credit: Whales in Paradise