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The practice of watching whales in their natural environment is known as Whale watching. Whales are usually watched for recreation but sometimes they are observed for scientific or educational purposes. Whale watching has become a very popular recreational activity with a study showing that nearly 13 million people went on whale watching, the world over, in 2008. Whale watching is one among the tourist attractions in Australia, South Africa, Colombia, Norway, Spain and Canary Islands.
They are regarded as the beasts of underwater and true to this fact, they have proved to be. They are widely known for their royalty at sea as the biggest creatures in the blue waters. Whale are unique creatures and their beauty, mechanisms including how they feed make them astonishing animals. They are found in some of the deep seas in the world where they have colonized such habitats to their advantage. Understanding whales is essential in order to effectively know how they live, breed, what effects them among other important facts.
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There are many exciting things that you can do or see in various parts of the world. Whale watching is one of the most common activities that tourists love to engage in. It is just fun to do it. There are many nations across the globe which are earning some good revenue from these activities. Australia has also come out to be a strong player in this sector. There are many areas around the country where you can enjoy whale watching. Read on so that you can really understand the relevance of Whale Watching Australia.
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Watching whales is most people’s fascination. They want to get a glimpse of whales right on their very eyes even. For them, seeing whales is a once-in-a-lifetime dream. During the whale watching season in Australia, many people would visit the place to experience watching the whales swimming and frolicking in the continent’s shores. During the autumn in Australia, whale groups like humpback and orca migrate from the cold waters of the Antarctic up to the waters of Australia which are more temperate.
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The Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego was first to organize public whale watching, in the year 1950. The first water based whale watching that allowed customers to view whales from closer points was started in 1955 and the customers were charged for the trip. This attracted approx 10,000 visitors in the first year. The tourism of Whale watching has grown rapidly since the middle of 1980s. A survey done on whale watching, the world over, has shown that whale watchers numbers were 9 million in 1998 and had grown to 13 million in 2008.
Commercial whale watching can be found in 119 countries worldwide and is important for developing countries as it brings in tourism revenue. Coastal countries not only profit from the presence of whales, but they have also started protecting these animals. Sometimes the increased number of whale watching trips made by a vessel, and the size of the vessel used for whale watching, can affect the breeding cycles, behavior and migratory patterns of the whales so the whale watching regions have regulations in place for the whale watching ships, like minimize speed and noise, avoid sudden turns, do not to pursue or go in between the whales, minimize the number of trips and do not to allow visitors to swim with the dolphins.
In Western Australia, Cape Naturaliste situated on the south-east Indian Ocean and Cape Leeuwin, the intersection point of the Indian Ocean and the Southern ocean, are the best places to watch whales. The Pacific Coast has the major whale watching spots and you can see the whales migrating from the headlands towards the south. Sometimes they enter the Sydney Harbor.
The Gold Coast is renowned as the premier whale watching destination in South East Queensland. With whales generally coming within a kilometre or two of the beach and because of its geographical location the Gold Coast has whales passing through all season and it is one of the rare points on the East Coast of Australia where from the middle of August whale traffic heads in both directions past the Coast.
There are many points on the Southern Ocean from where whales can be watched, from both land or from a ship. The land based whale watching station is located in Albany, situated on the south coast of Western Australia. This station has become a thriving whale watching industry. Other popular whale watching sites are the Logan’s Beach situated at Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland, in Victoria. Whales are seen in abundant, all along the eastern coast of Tasmania and they are found even in River Derwent. The Great Australian Bight Marine Park and the Victor Harbor near Adelaide are the famous whale watching spots in South Australia. Read More…