Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Whales are Coming

The whales are on their way back to their winter playground: the east coast of Queensland.

If you have ever considered traveling down under, this may be the absolutely perfect time to make the trip. These playful, amazing several ton denizen come out to play with whale watching boats, wink, splash, and dance for audience applause.

What a joy they are to watch. Come on down. Check out this article from the Queensland Courier Mai; click on the title of this post and go to the little video of the playful juniors who lead the pods north this year. Like young males everywhere, they have more energy than they know what to do with.

love you all.

Humpback whales make a splash on the Gold Coast
Article from: The Courier-Mail

Jeremy Pierce

June 02, 2009 12:00am

TWO teenagers on their way to a north Queensland holiday to escape the southern winter chill have made a spectacular cameo on the Gold Coast.
The two sub-adult humpback whales just happened to pass the Glitter Strip yesterday, on the first day of the official whale-watching season, and they played up to the cameras and film crews aboard Sea World's own whale watching vessel, which will run daily tours until the end of the season in November.

Since a ban on the hunting which forced humpback whales to the brink of extinction, humpback numbers have increased by about 10 per cent a year.

Sea World director of marine sciences Trevor Long said about 12,000 humpbacks should make the annual migration from the Antarctic to the tropics this year.

Some were particularly eager, like the one pictured which yesterday performed a series of spectacular breaches in front of a captivated audience of whale watchers.

The appearance of the two young whales came a day after a stark reminder of the perils facing the animals in the wild.

On Sunday a baby humpback making its first migration washed up on a Gold Coast beach and died, possibly from exhaustion, although wounds to its tail fluke suggested it may have been entangled in shark nets.

Local Aboriginal elders plan to hold a traditional burial ceremony for the dead whale.