Over the last several decades whale watching has become an amazing form of entertainment for millions of people all over the world who want to get a glimpse of the amazing majestic creatures we all know and love as whales.
WHAT IS WHALE WATCHING?
Whale watching is the act of observing of whales in their natural habitat (similar in a way to bird watching) which involves spectators standing at the end of a pier or on the deck of a boat with binoculars watching these marine mammals as they live undisturbed in their natural habitat.
Whale watching in Australia is a popular recreational pursuit and a tourist activity along various coasts. In 2008, whale and dolphin watching was worth an estimated A$31 million in direct expenditure to the Australian economy with an estimated 1.6 million tourists participating in the activity. Whaling in Australia took place from 1788 to 1978 and was once commercially successful. The Australian Whale Sanctuary was established in 1999 to protect dolphins and whales from hunting. Humpback whales are the most common species seen in the waters surrounding Australia while Southern right whales, Minke whales and Blue whales are also seen.
Whale watchers are restricted to approaches as close as 300 metres (984 ft) in order to protect the animals.