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Bring Your Cubs to Meet Our Marine Mums and Calves

August 29, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Hervey Bay offers a bonding session with a difference in September as increasing numbers of humpback whale mums and their calves glide into the waters off Fraser Island to rest and play.

Phil House, skipper of the Hervey Bay Boat Club’s Amaroo, said whale watching tended to be a bonding experience for families and most children were quite excited.

“You’ve got families looking at families, if you know what I mean,” he said.

“For most of the kids, it’s a real ‘wow’ experience.”

He described Platypus Bay as a whale kindergarten and said there was a chance of seeing all sorts of whale behaviours ranging from nursing to mums teaching their calves to breach.

“The nursing is so quiet and then their activity is just crazy because they’re little kids being crazy kids,” he said.

“Normally we get more and more mums and calves as the season progresses but there’s been an extraordinary amount early this year.”

He believed the change was due to having so many more whales migrating.

“The migration has spread itself out over a longer period,” he said.

Pacific Whale Foundation operations manager Scott Whitcombe said tourists on their vessel had seen a mother and calf during the second week of the season.

“It’s awesome to see the population growing,” he said.

Mr Whitcombe said people loved to see all types of baby animals but seeing humpback whale calves with their mothers put the experience on a new scale.

“Mums are 12 to 15m long and calves are only three or four metres long,” he said.

“People love to see a baby.”

Fraser Coast Tourism and Events Marketing and Communications Manager Bradley Nardi said adolescent humpbacks were usually more predominant in the early part of the whale watching season, which began in late July, while mothers and their calves were out in force in September.

“We’re encouraging all mums and their cubs to come and meet our marine mothers and calves,” he said.

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