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Help Make a Huge Human Whale on the Beach at Port Stephens to Mark 40th Anniversary of Whaling Ban

June 26, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

The end of whaling in Australia 40 years ago this year will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 3, with the formation of a giant human whale on the beach at Port Stephens where whale-watching today attracts 50,000 tourists and $10 million in revenue to the region every year.

Organisers from Port Stephens’ three major whale-watch operations – Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises – are hoping thousands of visitors, families and whale lovers will help form a 100m-long outline of a humpback whale on Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens at noon during school holidays on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, with pictures of the spectacular image being taken from the air. Whales off Port Stephens - by Imagine Cruises

Port Stephens’ expert whale-watching representative and conservationist, Frank Future, from Imagine Cruises, said Australia was one of the first countries in the world to ban whaling in 1973, nine years before whaling was made illegal worldwide.

“In 1973, only a few hundred humpbacks migrated up the east coast past Port Stephens but today, 40 years later, around 17,000 can be seen off our shores each winter, which is almost back to the levels after World War 2 when the population was approximately 20,000 whales,” Mr Future said.

“Port Stephens is now one of Australia’s premier whale-watching venues so to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of whaling here and to show our love for these big, beautiful mammals, we thought we would join the local community and our visitors together for this special event on July 3,” he said.

“When you see the whales from cruise vessels off Port Stephens, everything about them is big – big splashes when they breach, big blows when they breath and big fins and tails when they dive and play so we thought we would get everyone to make a really big whale on the beach at Shoal Bay to celebrate the spectacular beauty of our whales.”

Destination Port Stephens Marketing Manager, Tars Bylhouwer, said whale-watching now brought more than 50,000 tourists and $10 million in revenue to the region, 2½ hours north of Sydney, every year between May and November when the whales migrate north past Port Stephens and then back south to Antarctic waters.

“We recently launched our ‘Go Wild’ campaign to promote whale-watching and adventure in Port Stephens during winter and we invite everyone to the beach on July 3 to help make this giant whale to show why we love the humpbacks so much,” Mr Bylhouwer said.

Make a Giant Whale – Shoal Bay Beach, Port Stephens, at noon on Wednesday, July 3. Parking along Shoal Bay Rd, Government Rd and Beach Rd. Details – http://www.portstephens.org.au/human-whale-2013

or call 02 4984 9000.  For general information on attractions, dining, events, maps and holiday deals, visit the official website for Destination Port Stephens – www.portstephens.org.au.

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