Paddle out for Whales conservation efforts picked up by BBC
Saturday’s 9th annual Paddle Out for Whales saw approximately 1,500 swimmers, paddlers and spectators support conservation for whales, with video footage subsequently being reported by the United Kingdom’s BBC.
The video included Paddle Out footage from the day, Hervey Bay whale watching encounters, and original organiser and whale expert Vicky Neville. The footage described the importance of the Fraser Coast to humpback whales and why it is the ‘whale watching capital of the world’.
The Fraser Coast turned on the weather for the event, reaching a balmy 24 degrees following the cold snap last week. An estimated 1,500 people turned up to listen to industry experts, enjoy kid’s activities and build sand castles. Contributing to the crowd was Coast Restaurant and Bar’s annual pop-up pier party on Scarness pier.
Host of Paddle Out for Whales and previous Australian Operations Manager for the Pacific Whale Foundation Andrew Ellis, said it was a very successful day with an estimated 350-450 people paddling out into the water for the minute silence.
‘Being in the whale watch capital of the world, Hervey Bay, the conservation of whales means so much to Fraser Coast locals and operators. It is great to see the community support Paddle Out for Whales every year, it really shows our support for their wellbeing around the world’, said Andrew.
Invest Fraser Coast would like to thank the Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, local Police and Volunteer Marine Rescue for ensuring a safe event for all those who participated.
Next on the agenda for the Hervey Bay Whale Festival is the Whale Concert and Illumination Parade on October 17th, for all the information head to whalesherveybay.com.au.
To watch the video on BBC, head to Invest Fraser Coast Facebook page.
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