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11     Cape Byron: Harmonic Convergence


ABOVE: As the Humpbacks converge on Cape Byron so to do Orca Whales. Orca Whales have been observed harassing humpback pods off Cape Byron. The under-fluke of a male yearling we sighted in 1998 shows clearly rake marks made by Orca teeth, we called the young whale 'Nibbles'.

(Photo: Trish Franklin)

Most northbound whales converge at Cape Byron, the most easterly point of the Australian coastline. From here they alter their course and are deflected in a NNW direction towards their mating and breeding grounds in the Great Barrier Reef.

The earliest humpback whales are seen passing Cape Byron in May with the peak occurring in June and July. Cape Byron is one of the major landmarks on their journey, where people also converge to catch a glimpse of these mighty leviathans.

The whales are focussed on moving towards their northerly destination; taking little time out to play and rarely feeding.

One of the most mysterious and evocative aspects of the humpback whale is their song. Although singing is mostly associated with the breeding areas, some humpback whales have also been heard singing as they pass the Cape. The whales are focussed on moving towards their northerly destination; taking little time out to play and rarely feeding.
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