Daily humpback sightings predicted
MARINE experts have predicted daily sightings of humpback whales from today after several pods were spotted off the Tweed Coast this weekend past.
Watersports Guru director Tim Jack Adams said his whale watching tours begin this week after the mammals were spotted travelling north on their annual migration to give birth in warmer north Queensland waters.
“We were hoping to begin this weekend but bad weather held us back,” Mr Adams said.
“This is a great time of year to be on the Tweed. I hope we can get out there to see them every day.
“We’re hoping 11,000 whales pass the coast this year. The numbers are always increasing.”
Oceania project co-founder Trish Franklin said she spotted her first north-bound humpback pods of the season off Byron Bay on Saturday followed by three pods on Sunday.
“Although we have been receiving spasmodic reports of pods since April 24 this seems to mark the beginning of the main group heading north,” Mrs Franklin said.
“We are now moving into the June and July northward peak of the migration so should be plenty of sightings on a daily basis.”
A number of other Tweed whale watching businesses will also launch daily tours from today.
Aquatic Blue Charters co-owner Tony Carol said the phones had been ringing off the hook.
“Everyone knows it’s whale watching time,” Mr Carol said. “We were going to go out Saturday but the weather was too bad for it.”