Friday, December 18, 2009

CONSERVATION: Are the Humpback Whales Still the Third Most Endangered Species?

By Annie Baxter

Whale watching in Australia. Sadly, the Humpback Whales are still the third most endangered species of all the big whales. Fortunately, on whale watching cruises from Hervey Bay Queensland Australia, you will readily see dolphins and humpback whales at play in the bay!

The migration season begins in July and continues through to November. Whale watching cruises depart from the harbor daily with most providing morning or afternoon tea. The staff are friendly and the operators are dedicated to protecting the whales.

They are the fifth largest animal on this planet, growing up to 15 meters in length with a weight of up to 45,000kg (99,000lbs). The largest ever recorded specimen was 19 meters long and had pectoral fins measuring six meters each. A Humpback Whale can live for 45-50 years each.

There are over 40 species of whales in Australian waters, but the Humpback whale is a favourite. They are often seen with their young, resting on the surface of the water. Although these massive creatures are in the wild and by no means trained performers, the adult whales entertain the visitors by slamming their great tails as they dive to the depths and then some minutes later leap towards the heavens with huge cascades of foamy water pouring from them.

Visitors to Hervey Bay make the most of their stay by staying at some of the very excellent accommodations available and visiting other great attractions such as World Heritage listed Fraser Island or Lady Elliot Island.

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