Humpback whale off the Capricorn Coast Photo Fiona Wardle
Humpback whale off the Capricorn Coast Photo Fiona Wardle Fiona Wardle ROK070714whale1

Whales put on a spectacle in Keppel Bay in record numbers

BEACH-GOERS at Yeppoon were delighted by whale sightings over the weekend.

Researchers at Southern Cross University's Marine Ecology Research Centre said the humpback whales were arriving in Keppel Bay in record numbers.

Professor Peter Harrison, director of the university's Marine Ecology Research Centre, said the increased humpback whale population was a result of the ban on commercial whaling.

"The east coast population currently migrating along our coastline is likely to exceed 20,000 whales this year," he said. From now to October, more whales than ever could pass through Keppel Bay.

Dr Daniele Cagnazzi is leading the Capricorn Cetaceans Project, which looks at the long-term conservation and management of whales and dolphins in Keppel Bay.

"It is important to watch out for whales and other marine wildlife, in particular when travelling at high speed," Dr Cagnazzi said.



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