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Fraser Island Whale Watching Season

Planning to book a tour to Fraser Island? If a visit between July and November is on the cards then you may be lucky enough to spot one of the many Humpback Whales that bypass the island every year.

 

Every year over 1200 Humpback Whales make the 5000km voyage along the East Coast of Australia. Spending their summers in the Antarctic waters to feed, the whales then migrate to the tropical surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef for breeding. Once born, the whales and their calves begin their southern journey from the Great Barrier Reef back to Antarctica. During their migration the whales will spend anywhere from one day to two weeks resting within the shelters of Fraser Island to nurse their new born calves.

 

So if visiting Fraser Island during this time of the year, as you cruise along the eastern ‘highway’ in a 4X4 don’t forget to look out for Whales. Alternatively there are also a number of Whale Watching tours that depart from Hervey Bay. 

Interesting Humpback Whale Facts:

  • The lungs of a Humpback Whale are the same size as a small car

  • The average Humpback Whale is the same size as 11 Elephants or 600 people – now that’s big!

  • For such a large animal the Humpback Whale is an extremely agile and acrobatic creature that can lift its entire body out of the water

  • The average Humpback Whale will reach up to 16 meters in length and weigh around 40 tonnes

  • The brain of a Humpback Whale alone weighs 5 kilograms!

  • The average life expectancy of a Humpback Whale is 48 years however they have been known to live up to 100 years of age

  • They can travel of speeds of up to 10 knots, which is approximately 18.5km/hr

  • The ‘whale song’ is said to be one of the most unique ways of communication in the animal kingdom and each social group has its own song (or language). Their song is not inherited but learnt from birth

  • The female humpback whales are actually larger in size than the males



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