The 2013 whale watching season is right now in the midst of its peak with numbers greater than the past two years already being recorded at coastal vantage points in NSW National Parks.
“As at 2pm yesterday afternoon (Wed July 3), we’ve had 1601 Humpback whales pass our counting stations at Cape Solander in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park south of Sydney,” said Geoff Ross, Coordinator of Marine Fauna Programs for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
“This number is higher than at the same time last year which saw 1291 whales, and in 2011 when 1240 Humpbacks were recorded, so we’re well up on the last two years. 49 whales were recorded off Cape Solander to 2pm yesterday alone,” he continued.
Geoff said NSW National Parks are thrilled with these numbers which indicate a really great season. They have seen a few high count days with 75 animals recorded at Cape Solander on 25 June, and he says we’re likely to continue to see high numbers for the next few weeks.
“The whale watching season runs through until 30 November, but if people really want the best chance to see whales, and lots of them, they should head out into the coastal national parks from now and over the coming weeks.