Forster sessions to learn about whales

Learn more about whales at a free day conducted by dedicated whale watcher Jeannie Lawson at Bennett's Head, Forster on Saturday. Photo Ray Alley.

Learn more about whales at a free day conducted by dedicated whale watcher Jeannie Lawson at Bennett's Head, Forster on Saturday. Photo Ray Alley.

MidCoast Council is hosting a free day of whale talks at Bennetts Head Lookout, Forster on Saturday.

Humpback whale numbers are growing annually and this year there are expected to be around 30,000 whales pass our east coast. They are an awesome sight even from land and learning about them adds to the excitement of spotting them.

Dedicated whale watcher, Jeannie Lawson, began whale watching and educating people about whales in 1983.

During that time she has personally witnessed the rise in humpback whale numbers, something she is delighted by.

“To have seen the comeback of a species from the brink of extinction is awesome,” Ms Lawson said. 

“It just proves that nature will respond if given the chance by us humans to leave it alone and let the balance be restored. We just need to do it for more species now.

“I still remember the first time I ever saw a whale. People came from everywhere to see it, it was a real spectacle.

“What I have noticed about whales is that they bring people together. People from all age groups and all walks of life are suddenly chatting with each other with smiles on their faces.

“That is why I started the whale headland talks 18 years ago – whales create community.”

Jeannie will talk about whales at Bennetts Head Lookout, Forster on Saturday, July 15 at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. No bookings required, come along and learn about the whales, and spot them as they go by.For more information contact Jeannie on 0414 414 291.

Meanwhile an estimated 27,000 to 30,000 whales will migrate north in this season, according to Andy Marshall from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Free viewing locations for whale spotting include:

■ Crowdy Head lighthouse

■ The viewing platform at Wallabi Point (access from the Headland Walking Track which begins at the end of Saltwater Road).

■ Whale watching platform at Black Head (access via the street behind the Black Head Surf Lifesaving Club).

■ Cape Hawke lookout

■ Bennetts Head

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