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Archive: Oct 2017

Humpback Whale Facts

Here are some interesting facts about Whales that you may not know: The Humpback Whale is a species of baleen whale. The baleen whales have plates attached to them to capture small prey like small fish, krill, herring and mackerel. Humpbacks have from 270 to 400 darkly coloured baleen plates on each side of their…

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October 17, 2017

The Plight of the Southern Right Whale

Whaling of Southern Rights Land based whaling in Australia initially concentrated on southern right whales. They get their name because they were the ‘right’ whale to catch; they were slow swimming, floated when dead and provided large amounts of valuable products particularly oil for illumination and lubrication. Commercial whaling began in Australia in 1820, taking…

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October 5, 2017

Whale Watching in Sydney Harbour

Whale Watching in Sydney For a truly memorable experience, see the majestic whales along the picturesque Sydney Coast. Thousands of whales migrate annually (during the months of May to November). From Headlands and viewing platforms on the coast and on whale-watching cruises, spot frolicking humpbacks and spy hopping southern rights. In Sydney and its surrounds,…

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October 4, 2017

Best Time to go Whale Watching

When is the Best Time to see Whales? Whale Watching from mid May to mid November is good for Whale Watching in Sydney. Mid May to August is the northern migration and August till mid November is for the southern migration. These are the times the whales are migrating past Sydney. People often want to…

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October 3, 2017

Why are the Whales Endangered?

Threats to Whale Populations: Entanglement Whales are susceptible to entanglement in commercial fishing gear. This can slow whales down, weakening them and can prohibit them from feeding; leading to eventual starvation and death. In some areas, networks are set up to disentangle whales that are reported to be in trouble. The North Atlantic Right whale…

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October 2, 2017