Save the Date! IFAW's fifth National Whale Day is on Saturday 02 June.
What is National Whale Day?
Launched in 2008 by IFAW, National Whale Day is a celebration of the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually and Australia's position as a world leader in whale conservation.
National Whale Day provides an opportunity to raise awreness of, and discsuss solutions to, the threats facing whales and their environment including commercial whaling, climate change, vessel strikes, noise pollution, marine debris and bycatch.
Since 2008 communities around Australia have joined in National Whale Day by holding events such as paddle outs, whale watch trips, talks, exhibitions, beach cleanups and performances.
IFAW is asking that people keep watch – you may just be treated to the show of a lifetime, keep their distance – there are regulations around how close you can get to whales and dolphins. These rules are in place to protect people as well as marine mammals and keep it down – both noise and speed should be kept to a minimum on the water when around whales.
Australians love water and if they can't be in it, they want to be on it - in boats, on boards or jet skis. Recently we have seen a rise in incidents involving deliberate or accidental harrassment of whales and dolphins in our waters, and injuries from vessel strikes. The theme this year aims to encourage responsible behaviour on our waters around whales and dolphins by keeping watch . Why not use wind, wave or paddle powered craft, such as sail boats, sail boards, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, etc around your local coastline to celebrate the day?
Around National Whale Day, we will provide practical information and educational material to vessel owners and recreational water users so that they know how best to enjoy seeing these incredible creatures in the wild without disturbing them or breaching regulations. Event groups will be supported by IFAW with material, merchandise and messaging for the day.
How can you get involved?
Humpback Icon Project (HIP) communities and councils around the country will be holding events and IFAW encourages anyone who loves whales and the water to participate.
Find out if your community is running an event (see map below), if not create one! Send in your details to IFAW and they will register you. There is no registration fee and once registered , you will receive your National Whale Day kit - t-shirt, stickers, posters and media kit. All for free!
For more information or to register:
If you have previously taken part in National Whale Day and would like to participate again this year, please contact Rachel to register for 2012.
National Whale Day 2012 events
Wondering how else you can get involved in this year's National Whale Day? Use this link to a map to find out where your nearest National Whale Day event is.