Coast ‘ultimate playground’ for whales

 

WHALES are migrating north along the east coast of Australia and Gold Coast beaches have been the ultimate playground this week.

The humpbacks have been spotted from Tweed to Southport and according to SeaWorld spokeswoman Lauren Horner, the magic has only just started.

"Right now we are moving into the full flow of the northern migration," she said.

"We started seeing sub-adults, which are the ones that come through first, and now we are starting to see the bigger adults coming through as well.

Whale season has begun. Photo from Whales in Paradise.
Whale season has begun. Photo from Whales in Paradise.


"This week, we have also seen our first newborn."

Ms Horner said whale watching boats had seen multiple whales on most trips.

"There are certainly a lot of them out there at the moment," she said.

"There have been reports of a lot of mugging, where the animals come right up to the vessel.

"There has also been a lot of spectacular breaching behaviour."

She urged Gold Coasters to be tourists in their own town during the school holidays and head out whale watching.

SeaWorld Cruises had six boats running each day.

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A mother and child. Photographer Kaitlyn Frawley
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Whales of Paradise at Surfers Paradise is taking two boats out each day and offering adults at kids prices.

Spirit of Gold Coast is restarting its cruises from July 3.

But if you want to stay on dry land, SeaWorld fo'srmer director of marine science, Trevor Long, said the best whale watching spots were Tugun, Tweed Heads and Fingal.

Other vantage points included Point Danger, Burleigh Heads, North Burleigh lookout and Kirra Hill.

Originally published as Coast 'ultimate playground' for whales


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