The Humpback Whales of Eastern Australia, 2008


This is an album of photos taken during June and August, 2008 as the humpback whales made their annual migration from the Antarctic along the east coast of Australia to the warmer waters of Queensland.

In the 1950's about 10,000 humpbacks made the migration each year. A dramatic increase in commercial whaling reduced their numbers to around 400 by 1963, when humpback whaling was banned in the Southern Hemisphere. As a result of the ban, there are now estimated to be more than 8,000 whales each year making the migration - a wonderful turnaround, but still only around 40% of the number estimated to have been making the migration in the pre-whaling days.

But the Japanese government remains determined to resume their hunting of these magnificent animals, so their continued existence remains in doubt.

The first photos were taken off Port Macquarie, NSW, while the rest were taken in Hervey Bay, Quensland.

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001. Humpback whale migrating north past Port Macquarie
1. Humpback whale migrating north past Port Macquarie
002. Two humpback whales heading north past Port Macquarie
2. Two humpback whales heading north past Port Macquarie
003. Humpback diving off Port Macquarie
3. Humpback diving off Port Macquarie
004. Humpback whale in Hervey Bay
4. Humpback whale in Hervey Bay
005. Humpback diving in Hervey Bay
5. Humpback diving in Hervey Bay
006. Humpback on the surface in Hervey Bay
6. Humpback on the surface in Hervey Bay
007. Humpack in Hervey Bay
7. Humpack in Hervey Bay
008. Two humpbacks in Hervey Bay
8. Two humpbacks in Hervey Bay
009. Humpback diving in Hervey Bay
9. Humpback diving in Hervey Bay
010. Head of a surfacing humpback
10. Head of a surfacing humpback
011. Humpback on the surface in Hervey Bay
11. Humpback on the surface in Hervey Bay
012. Humpback in Hervey Bay
12. Humpback in Hervey Bay
     
 
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