Whale Lookout, Recherche, Tasmania, Australia
Most whale sightings occur on Tasmania’s east coast. Although this may be due to the higher population of human observers in the east, it’s likely that the humpback and southern right whales prefer the calmer waters of the east coast. Frederick Henry Bay and Great Oyster Bay on the east coast are both excellent vantage points for whale watching.
The best time to see Humpbacks whales is between May and July when they migrate northward to breeding areas off the coast of Queensland and Western Australia and between September and November on their return southward to their sub-antarctic feeding grounds.
Southern right whales migrate north from June to September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October. A proportion of the population gives birth in Tasmanian waters.
Sadly, not all encounters with whales today are positive: there are more strandings in Tasmania than in any other Australian state. Most occur in the Circular Head and Macquarie Harbour-Ocean Beach areas.
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