Whale count down on last year

VISITOR: A whale in Jervis Bay.ABOUT 400 people took part in the local annual ORRCA whale census day last Sunday.The count occurs around the nation on the same day from 7.30am to 4.30pm to gauge migrating whale numbers.It was standing room only on the viewing platform at Cape St George as volunteers and members of the public joined in the count.This year about 700 whales were counted along the NSW coast compared to last year’s 1013.ORRCA volunteer Wendy McFarlane said whale numbers were down this year.“We counted 49 and I think last year we counted 61.“Conditions were perfect so I don’t think we would have missed any.“Of all of our spotters the only ones with good numbers were at Port Macquarie.“We can’t explain it, we don’t know if they’re going out wide or moving earlier.“You could probably talk to 20 whale researchers and get 20 different answers.“It has turned into an annual event for a lot of people.“Aunty Julie Freeman was there with coffee, tea, Milo and damper, people made donations and she gave that money to ORRCA.”Humpback whales migrate north from the cold Antarctic waters to the warmer tropical waters every winter to breed and give birth.They return in the warmer months to their feeding grounds in Antarctica.The ORRCA National Whale Census day is held on the last Sunday of June every year because this is when peak numbers of the whales travel north.There are a few more weeks to see humpback whales heading north.The best places are the ruined lighthouse, Point Perpendicular and Warden Head at Ulladulla.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.