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The whales really are worth your time

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Wild About Whales
Humpback whale fin, Harvey Bay. Photo: D.Millar/OEH

It’s great to head out into NSW National Parks where you can witness the marvel that is the annual whale migration. Watch in wonder as you spot these amazing mammals of the deep as they come to the surface and put on a show for all to see.

It’s hard to believe that at one point these whales were almost pushed to the verge of extinction in our waters due to whaling. Thankfully they have rebounded well as a result of their protected status, but it’s important to remember that we can all play a more active role in making sure these whales stay around for future generations. Here are a few ways you can get involved in the current conservation efforts:


Whale conservation volunteering is an important part of environmental conservation – you can give something back and help protect the environment for future generations. Learn more about whales, work with experts and gain insights from professionals whilst making new friends and having fun. Each year NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service conduct a whale watching program at Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, with volunteers recording whale numbers and species as they pass the coastline. The count has finished for 2013, but if you would like to get involved in the future you can call the park office on (02) 9668 2000.


Many conservation organisations do an amazing job in protecting and ensuring the survival of whales. Donations ensure that the activities and programs that these organisations run or sponsor can operate successfully. If you want to play your part in whale conservation, you can support by donating to The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife which guarantees 100% of your contribution goes directly to your chosen cause. You can even donate for the training of rescuers for whale disentanglements and strandings, and the purchase of whale rescue equipment.

You might also like to donate to other non-profit organisations that support whale protection and research such as ORRCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.


Unfortunately whales occassionally entangle or strand themselves, either as individuals or in large groups, and in many cases need the help of trained professionals to be freed. If you see a stranded whale, an entangled or sick whale in distress please report it as soon as possible to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife State Duty Officer on (02) 9895 7128 or ORRCA whale and dolphin rescue 24 hour hotline (02) 9415 3333.

Get involved with whale organisations

There are many environmental conservation organisations focused on the conservation of whales. You can support the following organisations through both volunteering and donations:

  • ORCCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia)
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Earthwatch
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • Greenpeace
  • The Oceania Project
  • Project AWARE Foundation

NOTE: The opinions and values held by these external organisations do not necessarily reflect those of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

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