Oct
29
2011

Humpback whale watching in Tasmania

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The southern migration of humpback whales from the coastal waters of Queensland and WA back to sub-Antarctic waters is in full swing, which means that visitors to Tasmania who are hoping to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants in October and November could be in for a treat.

A report in the Mercury this week indicated that Cape Raoul is an excellent place to spot humpback whales, with a recent wilderness cruise spotting a family of the marine mammals during an excursion last weekend (October 23).

Katrina Graham, who enjoyed a whale watching tour on board a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys boat with her husband and two sons, said the group saw a pod of three whales and the trip was a great day out for her young family.

"They were having the best time," she said.

"We were just having a look at Shipsterns Bluff on the way over and when we turned around, there was a pod of three whales in front of us," Graham added.

If you would prefer to try your luck spotting whales from dry land, you may want to pay a visit to Tasman National Park and spend a morning or afternoon on the Cape Raoul walk, which typically takes five hours to complete.

In addition to whales, you might also be fortunate enough to spot dolphins, fur seals, leopard seals, elephant seals, dolphins or penguins from the shore or out on a wildlife cruise.

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