Whale of a time on the way

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

It is al­most that time of the year when whales make an ap­pear­ance off Al­bany’s coast­line.

Of­fi­cially start­ing in the first week of June and run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber, the whale-watch­ing sea­son pro­vides lo­cals and vis­i­tors a chance to get a glimpse of the ma­jes­tic crea­tures as they travel north to warmer wa­ters.

With hump­backs, south­ern rights and an oc­ca­sional blue whale cruis­ing up the coast, Al­bany’s His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion’s Alice Ack­ley said she was ex­pect­ing a great sea­son.

“We start see­ing the whales at this time of year but the real peak sea­son starts on that first week of June,” she said.

“We had a brief sight­ing at the week­end — two hump­backs came into the sound at 8.30am on Sat­ur­day.

“They didn’t stay very long. “They came in, tested the wa­ters and left again but hope­fully this is a sign of a good sea­son to come.”

Ms Ack­ley said she hoped this year’s whale sea­son would top the last.

“Last sea­son kicked off amaz­ing — we had the blue whale come in early May and lots of sight­ings for the next few months,” she said.

“It was a great sea­son.

“We were happy with how many whale sight­ings we had, so we are hop­ing for that and more this year.

“We want to see lots of whales and lots of peo­ple out and about look­ing for them.

“Al­bany is def­i­nitely the place to be for whale watch­ing.”

The whale-watch­ing sea­son will kick off with the Wel­com­ing the Whales Fes­ti­val on Sat­ur­day, June 2 with live mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily and lots of her­itage and folk­lore.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany’s His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion’s Alice Ack­ley and Jane Hare.

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