“Watch Out, Whales About”

National Dolphin and Whale Watching Guidelines

Dolphins and whales are protected under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. see more information

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2013 Jervis Bay Whale Festival

Sea of whale tailsSaturday 1st JUNE
WHALE TAILS - National Whale Day

National Whale Day is held annually by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) a day for all Australians to celebrate whales with a “Sea of Whale Tails” at World Environment Day and World Ocean Day with the 5th birthday of the Shoalhaven Whale “Muriyira” Get your whale tail templates from SWT Whales and start decorating them up and bring them down to Jervis Bay.

Location:         The Lady Denman Heritage Complex Dent Street Huskisson

The day was a great success with hundreds of whale tails from the local community and schools. see photos here

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Become a citizen scientist volunteer to help contribute to marine mammal research. Learn about the migrating humpback and southern right whales and the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins that live within Jervis Bay and pass the east coast of Australia. Whale and dolphin volunteer spotters are needed on land and boats for this year’s research projects.
Each volunteer will receive: MMR ID kit: Whale & dolphin identification book, MMR bag, folder, data sheets,T-shirt, patch, stickers, guidebook and morning tea provided. On the water and land based training on Whale watch trip. BYO lunch, drinks and sunscreen.
Qualifications: An interest in marine science, assess to your own transport, 18 years and over. This is really for genuine interested volunteers that have time and will make the effort. Will needs a camera, warm clothing, rain jacket, binoculars will be useful, if you get seasick take precautions.
With 12 students keen to know more and start to contribute  as  a citizen scientist volunteer it was a great day. See photos here

If your are interested in learning more and would like to become a citizen scientist volunteer to help contribute to marine mammal research by contribute your dolphin and whale sightings go to http://www.marinemammalresearch.com 
look out for the next training workshop for WHALE & DOLPHIN.

marine mammal research Jervis BaySunday 30th JUNE

Each year ORRCA run a Whale Census Day that is conducted in Booderee National Park. Cape St George Historic Lighthouse provides a great platform to watch and count the Humpback and Southern Right whales as they are on  their annual northern migration. Billy tea and damper available on the day.

Booderee National Park use fees apply. (02) 4443 0977 
www.booderee.gov.au                     www.orrca.org.au

Location:         Old Lighthouse Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay 
Time:               8:30am-3:00pm FREE
Contact email: orrca@orrca.org.au
marine mammal research jervis bayWHALE PHOTO COMPETITION
Send in your best photos and sightings of whales and dolphins from the 2013 northern migration to win marine mammal research (MMR) t-shirt and sticker pack. The best 3 entries each months of June, July & August will be picked and put up on the website for display.

The all the winning photos will be displayed at Huskisson at the end of the 2013 Whale season.

Email photo to: info@jervisbaywhalefestival.com
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Jervis Bay Whale Festival acknowledges the traditional owners of the Jervis Bay region.
Jeringa and Wreck Bay Community, who welcome us to their land and the whales to their shores.