Whale watching to reopen at Jervis Bay

With the New South Wales government announcing an easing of COVID restrictions this week, whale watching cruises are set to reopen, just in time for the peak of the migration season at Jervis Bay.

Local tour operators hope to reopen safely with reduced boat capacity around October 11 for those in the region and regional NSW, with Greater Sydney due to return around the 25th after being out of the water for the past few months. of whale season, operators hope it will boost the struggling tourism industry in and around Jervis Bay.

For the past 30 years, the local whale watching company Dolphin Watch Cruises has had their most frequent and intimate encounters with the gentle giants of Jervis Bay in October. It’s not just large adult humpback whales either; at this time, the most frequent visitors to the bay are the mothers of newborn calves.

Dolphin Watch Cruises Director Jet Jones says, “Whale season runs from May to November at Jervis Bay, but October is definitely the crew’s favorite. We get the biggest whales of them all, the gigantic humpback mothers, and the smallest that travel with them, their new babies.

“Jervis Bay is a sheltered stopover where moms can feed and educate their new babies, making them big and strong for the long swim and cold water between here and Antarctica. October is the whale-watching rush hour here at the Jervis Bay rest area, so the easing of COVID restrictions has come just in time for us to resume cruising with them until mid-November.

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