Whale season traditionally starts in May and already there have been sightings of the majestic animals making their way along the North Coast- which means they’re already going past!
It’s estimated 30,000 whales will make their way past the Northern Illawarra as they make their annual migration from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Queensland so the females can calve.
While they’re more playful (making them easier to see) on the way home (from July through to October), there is certainly plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse anytime soon.
The start of the season has prompted a reminder from the State Government that laws are in place to protect the whales.
Boats should go on closer than 300 meters and no closer than 400 meters if the whale has a calf.
There are also restrictions about how close a drone can go to a whale.
And… there’s an app that allows you to track and record whale sightings! ‘Wild About Whales’ is available from the App Store.
Image:- Jodie Lowe- Office of Environment and Heritage