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Whales, The Great 8, Southern Great Barrier Reef
Whales of The Great 8, The Southern Great Barrier Reef’s must see marine animals.
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Up to 10 000 whales make the journey north from the cool waters of Antarctica to the warm, shallow waters of the Great Barrier Reef to breed and have their calves.
Whales are renowned for their unique methods of communication. They possess the ability to utilize echo location where they bounce sound waves off objects to determine what and where they are.
Humpback whales, dwarfe minke whales, false killer whales, killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, sperm whales and various beaked whales are all species that can be found in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Humpback Whale is the most commonly sighted species of whale on the Great Barrier Reef and can be seen from June and September.
Humpback whales measure around 15 metres in length and can weigh anywhere up to 45 tonnes. They are considered to be giants of the oceans.
Humpback whales have an intriguing ability to ‘sing’ underwater. Songs are used to communicate with other humpback whales and some can last for up to 30 minutes.