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Trip Facts #1

Whale Watching Trips (June To December)

Our whale watching trip take place from July to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will change our schedule accordingly.

Whale Facts #1

The Southern Right Whale is the most renown of all the whales in South Africa.

When whaling was legal, these whales were thought of as the “right” whales to hunt; they move slowly, float to the surface when killed and have a high yield of oil as well as a very mellifluous baleen.

These whales were hunted ruthlessly and today a mere 10% of the original populations of these magnificent creatures have survived.

Whale festival a triumph

THE Festival has drawn an estimated of 15,000 people to the Esplanade to enjoy an that was more tightly pitched to conservation, education and families this year.

The ramped up approach proved a triumph.

This year’s festival maintained the format of having a sharper conservation edge with Sea Shepherd, and Oceania Project, who are involved with research in Hervey Bay, playing a key role in setting the tenor of the festival.

Fraser Coast Regional council events co-ordinator Ms Donna Prentice said the focus on local contributors added to the event’s popularity.

“There is always a huge local content but we had local performers, a lot of local artisans, to help showcase the region,” Ms Prentice.

“I would like to see the festival go over a longer period of time to benefit the region more and highlight the whales.”

Saturday’s illuminations parade, which began as the sun set, was a highlight of an event that has been at least five months in the organising.

It had been preceded by the new forum Creating Waves staged on Friday night that had internationally recognised speakers presenting at the USQ in combination with a day long musical program.

At Sea Front Oval, the Whale Aid Concert (10am – 10.30pm) provided non-stop music against a backdrop of stalls and the provided by side-show alley.

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