The first of the migrating humpback whales for the season have been sighted off the Central Coast.
Central Coast Dolphin Project (CCDP) reports a handful of whales were reported from Copacabana, Terrigal and Soldiers Beach during the first week of May.
“Humpback whales leave their summer feeding grounds in Antarctica, in February, to migrate over 5,000 km north to the warm waters of the Coral Sea, to mate and give birth,” CCDP spokesperson, Ronny Ling, said.
“These magnificent whales create a huge spectacle for whale watchers as they pass the NSW east coast.
“Over 30,000 humpback whales are expected to travel north over the next few months.”
Ling said top places to observe the whales from included Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana, The Skillion at Terrigal, Crackneck Lookout at Bateau Bay and Norah Head.
“It’s best to go early in the morning, when the wind is low, and the sun silhouettes the whales’ blow,” he said.
“However, by mid-June, the Humpback Highway will be in full swing, and plenty of whales can be viewed any time of the day.
“This year, the Central Coast’s only local whale watch vessel, Terrigal Ocean Tours, is helping Central Coast Dolphin Project collect data on marine mammals visiting and passing the Central Coast.
“The Central Coast Dolphin Project is again asking people to phone or text their whale and dolphin sightings through to 0435 348 552.
“The data collected will help protect the creatures and help authorities and academics ensure their long-term survival.”
Media release, May 13
Ronny Ling, Central Coast Dolphin Project