You know the eastern Australian humpback whale migration is well underway when the incredible all white whale 'Migaloo' is sighted.
We have received several first hand reports of sightings of 'Migaloo' from Eden to the Sunshine Coast as he moves northward.
No doubt he is singing as he moves north, you can hear his song and purchase a whalesong CD at: http://www.songlinesofthewhales.org
June and July are the peak northward migration months. August is the main breeding month with humpbacks spending around four weeks in the Great Barrier Reef breeding grounds and overwintering area.
The first southbound pods will commence moving out of the Reef in mid-July and thats when we will see the first pods entering Hervey Bay.
Then during August, September and October the southbound migration into and out of Hervey Bay and down along the east coast of Australia will occur. Months of playful pods and whale-watching opportunties ahead!
The announcement by Japan's PM, that efforts to resume whaling in Antarctica will be boosted, is very dissapointing. If Japan decides to ignore the International Court of Justice ruling and return to Antarctic whaling it should leave the IWC, read why in 'Why think of Whales at Christmas'.
The fundamental conservation issues for Cetacea that Member Nations of the IWC must devote time and energy to are clearly set-out in the 'Conservation and Values - Global Cetacean Summary Report' prepared by the Australian Government.
Check out the 60 Minutes story - 'The Humpback' which features the research of Trish and Wally Franklin in Hervey Bay and the Whales of Hervey Bay.
Get your Community involved in the Humpback ICON Project and check Help Save Our Humpbacks for information about what you can do to continue pressure to help the Eastern Australian Humpback Whales.
On iWhales.org you will find movies, sounds and photography of Eastern Australian Humpbacks recorded during our Annual Whale Research Expedtions in Hervey Bay which are available as DVD's or downloadable films.
The 60 minute Audio CD Album titled 'Songlines - Songs of the Eastern Australian Humpbacks' featuring 'Migaloo' is now available and can be purchased online.
Download the latest
Humpback Migration Icon film: