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Thursday 30 September 2021

A whale of a time as peak season approaches

Whale cruises are set to re-start just in time for the peak of the migration season in Jervis Bay, if the “Roadmap to recovery” unveiled this week by the NSW Government goes according to plan. 

For the last 30 years, local whale tour company Dolphin Watch Cruises has had its most frequent and intimate encounters with the gentle giants inside Jervis bay in October. 

It’s not just the big adult humpbacks either; at this time the most common visitors to the bay are the mothers with new-born calves.

“Whale season is May to November in Jervis Bay, but October is the crew favourite for sure," says Dolphin Watch Cruises manager Jet Jones.

"We get the biggest whales of all, the gigantic mother humpbacks, and the smallest travelling with them, their new babies. 

“Jervis Bay is a sheltered rest-stop for the mums to feed and teach their new babies, getting them fat and strong for the long swim and cold water to come between here and Antarctica. 

"October is whale rush-hour here at the Jervis Bay rest-stop, so the easing of Covid-19 restrictions has come just in time for us to start back cruising with them until mid-November.”

Local tour operators are hoping to safely reopen with reduced boat capacity around October 11 for those in the local area and regional NSW. 

Visitors from with Greater Sydney are scheduled to return around October 25. 

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