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Humpback Whales of Hervey Bay

Humpback Whales belong to the group of whales known as rorquals, a group that includes the Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Bryde's Whale, Sei Whale, and Minke Whale. Rorquals have two characteristics in common: dorsal fins on their backs, and ventral pleats running for the tip of the lower jaw to the navel area. By the possession of baleen plates for sieving the krill upon which they feed Humpback Whales are regular visitors to the coastal waters off southern Queensland. Each year, during winter, humpback whales migrate from Antarctic waters to the warm waters of the tropics for calving. Magnificent animals and not just seen in Australia but in Canada and the USA as well as New Zealand. These gentle giants of the deeps are still hunted by the Japanese and some Northern European Countries the Japanese explanation is most extraordinary as they claim they kill these Leviathans for experimental purposes Greenpeace activists hindering whaling in the Whale Sanctuary In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica anti-whaling activists in three ships, the Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise from Greenpeace, and the Farley Mowat from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are shadowing a five ship Japanese Whaling fleet in an attempt to stop illegal whaling activities. Greenpeace activists on the 21 and 22 December clashed with the Japanese whaling fleet. But the Japanese will do just what they wish to do� in some ways their manner is remarkably like that of France. Hervey bay you ask why what is the attraction well a few reasons naturaly Many people say "Hey, we see the whales every year swimming past the beach just down the road!". They are right! Humpback Whales swim along the east coast of Australia (as well as other countries around the world). What makes Hervey Bay so unique is the fact the whales are not in transit. The whales come into Hervey Bay to rest, play and frolic. The mothers use the rest to teach the newborn calves the necessary skills for their calves survival in the deeper, colder waters of the Antarctica; they feel safe in Hervey Bay and indeed they are no Japanese whaling fleet here lying in wait in our waters. Greenpeace activists hindering whaling in the Whale Sanctuary In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica anti-whaling activists in three ships, the Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise from Greenpeace, and the Farley I personally hope they hinder and hound the Japanese at their so called scientific killing of Whales one in particular the Minke Whale. Lets face it all the products we garnered from Whales are available artificially and the Japanese far from wanting these products for science merely wish to gorge their selves on Whale meat

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