Humpback Whale populations on the Gold Coast

Humpback Whale populations on the Gold Coast

Whales in Paradise

Humpback Whale populations on the Gold Coast have grown considerably since Whale Watching began in the Sunshine State. It is believed that the population increases by 10% each year on the Gold Coast. Humpback Whale populations on the Gold Coast currently sit around 20,000 Humpback Whales passing the shores of the East Coast of Australia between June-November each year. With this population increase comes more interest from the public and with more interest, comes demand for tour operators to increase tour options.

Whales in Paradise have added more tours each day to assist with the increase in whale populations for the 2016 Whale Watching season. Tours depart each day from June - November with 5 tour times to suit everyone. The first tour of the day starts at 7.30am and is the perfect way to start your day. If this seems a little too early for some, you can join the 9am, 11am, 1pm or 2pm cruises. Cruises depart directly from Surfers Paradise, just a short walk from most Gold Coast hotels.

Reports from the ABC state that until 1962, humpback whales along the Queensland coast were hunted for use in oil, tennis rackets, medicine and animal feed with numbers dramatically dwindling until a ban was introduced. Australia's humpback population is the healthiest it has been since whaling ended along the east coast in the 1960s according to a Queensland whale counting group.

"We only have historical estimates, so we're not sure what the original population was, but as far as we can tell, our current population is set to move past it.

"At the moment, the numbers are heading skywards with no sign of slowing down at all, so we just have to keep monitoring them to see where they settle down. "However, humpback numbers are not increasing at the same speed throughout the world. "While our humpbacks are increasing 11 per cent a year, neighboring populations like ones in the South Pacific — if they are increasing at all, they are much, much slower," Dr Noad said.

Although the increase in the humpback population is positive, Dr Noad predicted more conflicts between humans and the large mammals could occur. "In the 1950s we could occasionally see tens of thousands of whales going up and down the east coast [but] people weren't using the waters as we do today," he said. "I know there are already yachties concerned about running into whales and people who use the ocean.

"We have to work out now how we will manage sharing the ocean with that many whales.

To join a guaranteed Whale Watching Tour on the Gold Coast, visit the Whales in Paradise website to book your tour, alternatively give the office a call where we can schedule a tour that suits your Itinerary.

Call to Book - 07 5538 2111