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Humungous Human Humpback to Breach on the Beach in Port Stephens this Sunday – June 1

May 27, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The biggest whale to surface off Port Stephens this season will appear on Sunday, June 1, 2014 – the first day of winter – when a giant human humpback will be formed on the beach at Shoal Bay to mark the official start of the local whale watching season.

Human whale 2013A record 700-plus crowd is expected to gather on the western end of Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens from 11am this Sunday ready to form a 100m-long shape of a humpback whale at noon. Fine and sunny weather is forecast for the gathering. A helicopter and chopper drone set to capture the ‘humungous human humpback’ from the air.

After the spectacular event, which is being organised by Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises with Destination Port Stephens, participants can enjoy a special, half-priced whale-watching cruise on the waters off Port Stephens from 1pm this Sunday so they can enjoy the real thing.

A human whale was first formed on the beach at Port Stephens – a winter mecca for whales and whale watchers – in 2010 when 450 people gathered to celebrate the arrival of the giant mammals, while 650 nature lovers made a human whale last year.

Event organiser, Frank Future – a Port Stephens whale expert and owner of local dolphin and whale-watching operator, Imagine Cruises – said he was hoping more than 700 people would help form the human whale this year to celebrate the start of the whale season and also the end of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

“We first formed a whale in 2010 to celebrate what the whales mean to us and the value – natural and economic –that they bring to Port Stephens but this year we are also marking the recent landmark ruling by the International Court of Justice against Japanese whaling which we hope the Japanese Government will abide by,” Mr Future said.

Destination Port Stephens Chairman, Michael Aylmer, said more than 50,000 visitors travel to Port Stephens each year to spot the magnificent humpbacks, injecting $10 million into the local economy. Around 17,000 whales are expected to be seen off Port Stephens in coming months as they migrate for the winter along the ‘Humpback Highway’.

Participants in the human whale event will be rewarded with a half-priced whale watching cruise with Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises or Tamboi Queen Cruises from 1pm on Sunday, June 1, from the d’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay. Participants are also invited to RSVP in advance on the event’s Facebook page by clicking the ‘Join’ tab on https://www.facebook.com/events/1417821581811113/ or search on Facebook for the ‘Port Stephens Human Whale Event 2014’. For more information, contact 4984 9000 or info@imaginecruises.com.au.

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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