EVERYONE lucky enough to be in the Narooma district at the moment is being treated to some great whale watching as the southerly migration of humpback whales down the East Coast of Australia hits its peak.
Lighthouse Charters Narooma and Montague Island Discovery Tours had a fantastic first official “Whale Watch” for the season Saturday afternoon.
Clients from near and far experienced some awesome Narooma whale watching with over a dozen individual humpback sightings.
They were then treated to a show from a very energetic juvenile humpback whale just a few hundred metres off Narooma.
The next day Hotfishing Charters out of Bermagui while drift fishing off The Kink had a great interaction when two humpbacks came up and frolicked right next to the boat.
"We were harassed by whales all day and they even scared off a blue shark we had up," said skipper Crusty, whose GoPro footage is embedded above for your viewing pleasure.
Whales including a couple of juveniles were again right off the Narooma bar all this week with departing boats calling in their locations to Marine Rescue Narooma.
But it's not just humpbacks as the Poyner family the weekend before had a great interaction with a couple of southern right whales in the shallows off Brou Beach.
Jon Poyner's footage caught the attention of the big city media and was featured on the nightly news! Check out that story here:
National Parks meanwhile is reminding everyone there is 100 metre exclusion around adult whales and 300 metres around a mother and calf.
That is unless the whales approach you as was the case with the Poyners and other lucky whale watchers such as the charter boats that operate out of Narooma.
When you see a whale, tweet with the hashtag #whaleon to @WildAboutWhales or log the sighting using their free app so others in the area can view the animal and track its movements.
If you see an entangled marine animal or one in distress, call NPWS on 1300 361 967 and the Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) on 9415 3333.
The Sapphire Coast Marine Society (SCMS) meanwhile is inviting whale watchers to an evening of enlightenment and fun when Ros Butt of Cat Balou Eden will share her stories and images of two decades of whale watching.
The evening is this Friday at 6pm at the Merimbula Wharf Restaurant and Aquarium, so contact Alan Hepburn on 6495 0917 or firstname.lastname@example.org