Watch out for baby whales

With a record number of whales migrating along the NSW coast this year, Environment Minister Mark Speakman is urging whale watchers to keep a safe distance, particularly from mothers with calves.

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouting near the coast

“The ‘humpback highway’ is playing host to thousands of whales and calves migrating south which has been a delight for spectators right along the coast,” Mr Speakman said.

“But while it is tempting to motor, swim or paddle close to these incredible animals it is important that people behave in a safe manner and give them space.”

Mr Speakman said vessels including kayaks, surf skis and surfboards were required to remain 100m from a whale, or 300m if a calf was present.

Unmanned aerial drones were required to stay more than 300m away from marine mammals.

“These regulations are in place to protect both the wellbeing of the animals and the safety of whale watchers,” he said.

“There are plenty of safe ways to view the whale migration. NSW’s headlands have some of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world.”

Top NSW whale watching sites include:

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Tomaree Head Summit, Tomaree National Park
  • Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Jervis Bay National Park
  • Ben Boyd National Park near Eden

For up to date whale sightings near you, download the free Wild About Whales app or visit Wild about whales

Media: Michael Cox 0429 465 227