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The Majestic Humpbacks Return
The Hervey Bay Whale Festival celebrates the return of the majestic humpbacks.


Humpbacks are known for their many spectacular acrobatic performances, their enormous bodies bursting up into the air and crashing down in massive eruptions of spray. It is an amazing sight watching these gentle giants of the sea go through their paces. People remain fascinated by the magic of the whales and many return each year to watch their acrobatic breaches, hear their mystical voices and watch their great gleaming backs rise and roll, and to imagine their great bodies gliding silently in the unseen depths. It is an experience of pure joy.

[ADVERT]The launch on Saturday 19 July 2014 includes exciting family friendly activities and free workshops at Ocean of Fun throughout the day, ranging from ochre (natural pigment) art to nature bingo and hands-on sessions by environmental education presenter Jeannie Lawson.

Every year between July and October the East Coast Australian waters are alive with humpback whales splashing and feeding, mothers using this pause in their journey to teach their young calves survival skills. The pristine waters of Hervey Bay are the perfect playground during this annual migration. These majestic whales stay and play in the protected calm waters. This allows visitors to the Fraser Coast a guaranteed awe-inspiring close encounter with the humpbacks which spend, on average, 10 or more days in the Bay before completing the journey back to Antarctica.


The calves are playful and curious. They sometimes frolic with passing dolphins, play with floating debris or swim next to the boat and watch us humans watching it. Calves also copy their parent's behaviour. They sometimes also perform "binge breaching", leaping from the water again and again as if they can't contain their childlike energy. A magnificent sight.


An impressive fireworks display over the ocean at dusk will see the culmination of this spectacular event.
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Why? To Welcome The Majestic Humpbacks
When: 19 July 2014 10 am - 6pm
Where: Scarness Beach and Park - Hervey Bay
Cost: Free
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