A whale of a show
IT'S a hint, a tease, then if you're lucky and the conditions are just right, it's a spectacular performance.
Whale watching is a little like going to a burlesque show and south wall has been the best seat in the house this week for latest touring whale production.
The stars of the show are the humpback whales with an ensemble cast of dolphins, green sea turtles and the odd sea lion in the chorus seeking a spot in the limelight.
The story line follows the annual northern migratory route to the winter breeding and calving grounds in the warm tropical waters of the Pacific.
The sequel happens in spring when the whales return south via the Solitary Islands Marine Park with their newborns.
A highlight of the performance is breaching where most or all of the whale's body leaves the water.
No one really knows why they do this; some think it's a form of communication or a way to attract other whales, or it might be a simple case of upstaging.
Muttonbird Island, South Wall, Woolgoolga, Arrawarra, Sawtell Beach and Look At Me Now headlands as well as Captain Cook look-out at Nambucca Heads are all great vantage spots.
Go mobile and get up-to-date info by downloading the Wild About Whales app for Apple and Android.
You'll find information on the best vantage points, different whale species, tips for spotting them, as well as a map with the latest whale sightings.
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