Media Release- Human Whale 1st June 2014

Giant Human Whale to be Formed on Port Stephens Beach to Celebrate the End of Whaling in the Southern Ocean
Also Half Priced Whale Watch Cruises Sunday, June 1, 2014

To celebrate the end of Japan’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary and the start of the local whale watching season, Destination Port Stephens, whale cruise operators and Karingal Preschool are inviting everyone to help them form a huge human whale on Shoal Bay Beach on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

The whale will be created on the western end of Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens on June 1, from 11am, with a helicopter and chopper drone set to capture the whale shape from the air.

One of the event’s organisers, Frank Future, a whale expert and owner of Imagine Cruises, said that despite an international moratorium in 1982 against commercial whaling, Japan continued to whale in Antarctic waters until the International Court of Justice ruled in March this year that the practice was unlawful and not ‘scientific’. The Japanese Government had indicated it would abide by the decision, Mr Future said.

The human whale event also marks the beginning of the 2014 whale-watching season, with 17,000 whales expected to be seen off Port Stephens in coming months as they migrate for the winter along the ‘Humpback Highway’. More than 50,000 visitors travel to Port Stephens each year to spot the magnificent humpbacks, injecting $10 million into the local economy.

Co-host, Karingal Preschool, will also be celebrating 40 years of serving several generations of Port Stephens’ families and the passion the school has for the local environment.

Organisers from Port Stephens’ three major whale-watch operations – Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises – are hoping hundreds of families and whale lovers will help form a 100m-long outline of a humpback whale on Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens between 11am and 12 noon on Sunday, June 1.

Participants in the human whale event will be rewarded with a half-priced whale watching cruise with any of the three cruise operators from 1pm that day – Sunday June 1 – from the d’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay. (Tamboi Queen Departs 1:30pm, Moonshadow Departs 1:30pm & Imagine Departs 2pm)

Make a Giant Whale
Where: Shoal Bay Beach, Port Stephens
When: Meet at 11am, Sunday, June 1, 2014, for a noon formation.
Parking: Shoal Bay Rd, Government Rd and Beach Rd.
More information: 02 4984 9000 or info@imaginecruises.com.au

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