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First whales of the season spotted in Bundaberg waters

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Whale season is underway in Bundaberg with the first humpbacks of the season spotted on Saturday. (Not pictured). Photo: Lady Musgrave Experience.

Whale season has officially kicked off a little earlier than expected, with humpbacks spotted making a splash in waters off Bundaberg at the weekend.

Lady Musgrave Experience's Tika Lay said visitors to the island were in for an extra special treat when returning via boat back to the mainland on Saturday.

“Two humpbacks were spotted last Saturday afternoon coming back to Bundaberg from Lady Musgrave Island,” she said.

“It is an early start to the season!

“The migration is led by male juveniles but they usually go wide out to sea when travelling north.”

Humpback whales undertake one of the longest migrations in the animal kingdom, with Bundaberg an integral part of their route.

They usually pass through local waters from July onwards.

Tika said it was the region's great climate which made the perfect spot for whales to travel through.

“Every year, humpback whales undergo incredible migrations between feeding near the poles and warmer breeding grounds closer to the equator,” Tika said.

“The tropical waters are ideal for the young calves with little body fat as they bond with their mothers and learn essential survival skills.”

Tika said it wouldn't be too long before whales would be spotted swimming through waters off Bundaberg on the daily.

She said there were plenty of opportunities to see the humpbacks, with tours starting soon.

“Our first whale watching tour of the season starts on Sunday 10 July and will run until the end of October,” Tika said.

“Included in the tour is return transfers from Bundaberg, light lunch, informative
commentary while whale watching, and whale viewing from upper decks and foredecks.”

Find out more here.

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