EXCITEMENT is building ahead of another bumper whale watching season on the Gold Coast, as thousands of Humpback’s head north for the winter.
The first whales of the season were spotted making their way north in waters off Sydney on Monday.
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As they round the easternmost point of Australia on their ancient migration path, the majority will pass within just a few miles of the coast, making the Gold Coast one of Australia’s premier whale watching destinations.
Sea World’s Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long said we could expect to see more than 20,000 whales pass the Coast this year.
It is hoped Migaloo, the famous white whale, will make an appearance this season, last spotted by the Sea World Whale Watch crew in September 2012.
The gentle giants travel north to the sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef to calve and mate in June and return to Antarctica in November to feed on krill and small schooling fish during the summer months.
The professional team at Sea World Whale Watch is in full preparation mode with the first tour scheduled for Saturday May 31.
Tours will then depart every day from the Sea World Cruise Terminal during the whale season which runs from June to November.