A tail slapping whale census

Whale breaching by Shane Chalker Photography

Census shows whales love the Barrington Coast.

Sunday 30 June 2019 was the annual ORRCA Census Day and there were abundant numbers of humpback whales counted at Barrington Coast locations: 49 at Crowdy Head, 178 at Seal Rocks  & 17 at Treachery Head.

(Photo by Shane Chawker Photography; article published in Great Lakes Advocate 01 July 2019)

The whales were just a handful of the 2,225 humpbacks recorded off the State’s East Coast by enthusiasts, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff and Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) volunteers.

ORRCA second vice-president, Jools Farrell, said there was a lot of public interaction this year.

“We received a lot of community support this year and it was really great to see,” said Mrs Farrell. “It’s just a great day to get out there with children, friends and family just to watch the whales come in. I think people are a lot more aware of how beautiful whales are and the spectacle they bring to the ocean with breaching and tail slapping.”

Whales are protected by a 100 metre exclusion zone in Australian waters, 300 metre if they have a calf or 500 metre if the animal is entangled.

Running tally so far: 2,225 Humpback whales

Stradbroke – 39
Wooli – 2
Ballina – 5
Cape Byron – 178
Tacking Point, Port Macquarie – 318
Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie – 7
Woopi Headland, Woolgoolga – 3
Sawtell, Coffs – 51
Fingal Heads – 17
Nambucca Heads – 33
Crowdy Head- 49
Seal Rocks – 178
Treachery Head – 17
Port Stephens – 78
Anna Bay – 5
Strezlecki, Newcastle – 56
Redhead, Newcastle – 122
Kind Edward Park, Newcastle – 32
Terrigal – 123
Copacabana – 76
Bilgola – 96
Norah Head – 117
North Curl Curl – 21
North Head – 17
Bondi – 16
Whale watching Sydney – 20
Malabar – 29
Gerringong – 26
Dalmeny – 11
Cape Solander – 120
Crack Neck – 38
Booderee – 112
Tuross Head – 4
Ulladulla – 116
Currarong – 8
Green Cape – 44
Port Kembla – 8
Brooms Head – 33

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