The first humpback whales have been spotted traveling north up the east coast of Australia and the world famous white whale, Migaloo, has almost reached Byron Bay. These whales are the first of many that will grace our shores over the next few months.
While these humpbacks focus on their mission to breed and give birth in the warmer waters of north Australia, little do they know that during their journey they are providing jobs and inspiration to thousands of people.
Whale watching is a booming industry – IFAW reports show it’s worth AU$300 million each year to the Australian economy, NZ$120 to New Zealand and US$21 million to the Pacific Islands region where it’s growing a whopping 45% each year.
But aside from the economic value of these incredible beasts, whales put smiles on thousands of faces and you can’t put a price on that.
So if you're in Australia over the next couple of months get on board a reputable whale watching trip or find a spot on a headland and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Visit IFAW's website for further info: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=88945