Gowings Whale Trust
The Pacific Coast enjoys the migration activities of humpback whales from April to November each year and this is a perfect time to see these magnificent creatures at play. But how much do you know about these giants of the sea? Here are three interesting facts:
- The East Australian Humpback Whale population were hunted and killed for commercial gain until the early 60’s, which saw their decline in population to just 300 whales. A ban on whaling was issued by 1965 and since then, the population has seen a remarkable comeback with last official counts in 2016 identifying a population of around 20,000 humpback whales.
- Whales are identifiable by the unique markings on their tail fluke, like humans and their fingerprints; no two tail flukes are the same. This is used by National Parks to help record and track Whale population numbers as they migrate along the East Coast.
- The gestation of a Whale is around 11months and the optimum birth environment of the water should be around 22-25 degrees. This is the most important reason for their humpback whales’ annual migration.
You can make a difference in the preservation of this majestic creature through supporting the Gowings Whale Trust. Lend your support by purchasing Gowings Whale Trust t-shirts, caps, tote bags and more from Coastbeat Marketplace or phone Port Central Centre Management on 5525 1000.