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Swim with whales in Australia

01 November 2015 by News Desk

WA_humpback-whaleNature-lovers will soon, for the first time, be able to swim with Humpback whales in Western Australia.

Tours are being arranged to give people the chance to swim with humpback whales in Western Australia following the success of a similar scheme with whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park. Now people will get the opportunity to swim up close with humpback whales at Coral Bay and Exmouth in W.A.

It’ll be a rare experience as tours that allow people to swim with humpback whales are currently only available in Mexico, Tonga and Queensland.

The humpback whale was previously an endangered species on the West Australian coast, but since the end of commercial whaling in the 1960s, conservation efforts have helped save the mammal whose population in W.A is now around 30,000.

“The WA population has recovered better than any other humpback whale population in the world. It’s one of the real conservation success stories of WA with the species now fully recovered, said Environment Minister Albert Jacob in launching the new scheme.

Only one group will be allowed within 300 metres of a whale at any given time and the maximum size of a group will be 10. The tours will run from August-October.

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