Australian Geographic today released a top 10 list, putting Eden at the top, and rightly so! The town’s many shore based whaling spots are steeped in history, from a time when whales were hunted by man and orca. Today, the whales are revered by all and our charters are run by passionate locals who know regular cetacean visitors by sight and name. Eden’s location on the Humpback Highway also means you can leave port and be among the pods in as little as five minutes.
In the article National Parks and Wildlife Services cetacean expert Geoff Ross has predicted this migration season to be the biggest and longest in 50 years, thanks to increasing whale populations, particularly Humpbacks and Southern Right.
“This year we’re expecting between 2400 and 2500 whales,” Geoff told Australian Geographic. “Each year the number of whales we see increases by a couple of hundred whales; we know the population is increasing by 10 to 14 per cent.”
“The population of humpbacks is very, very healthy, and we’ve seen more southern right whales in the past couple of years than ever before.”
The whales are so easy to see on their migration because they hug the shoreline to escape the pull of the East Australian Current. Those with young calves often rest in sheltered bays, and curious individuals swim right into the port at Snug Cove. Out wider there are Sperm Whales and Orca. Feeding, an activity rarely seen in other parts of the world, is a real treat for whale watchers and a drawcard for experts like Geoff.
While the first whales are already making their presence felt, the busiest months are between September and November. Join us for 3 days of adventure and entertainment, from October 30 to November 1.