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You can help to count whales

June and July are the best months to see northbound whales off the Coffs Coast.
June and July are the best months to see northbound whales off the Coffs Coast.

NATURE lovers are being encouraged to take to the headlands on Sunday and have a whale of a time.

The Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) will be conducting its annual whale census, and wants as many landlubbers as possible to take part.

June and July are the best months to see northbound whales off the Coffs Coast.

ORRCA president Ronny Ling said humpback and southern right whales are the most common migrating whale species, but other species have been sighted too, including minke whales, Brydes whales, orcas (killer whales) and even blue whales.

"We are hoping that Migaloo, the white humpback whale, will make an appearance this year," Mr Ling said.

"In the past few years he has been spotted passing along the NSW coast in late June.

"In fact, at the 2009 ORRCA whale census day, Migaloo was included in the count at Port Macquarie. Last year (2012) he was first spotted at Norah Head on June 29."

Last year's census resulted in more than 1000 sightings of whales across the nation.

If you wish to participate in the census phone 02 9415 3333 or go to www.orrca.org.au.

Topics:  census, orrca, whale migration, whale watching



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