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Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015
To celebrate what is shaping up as a record whale watch season in Port Stephens this winter, school holiday visitors and locals alike are invited to help form the shape of a giant human whale on Shoal Bay Beach on Monday, June 29, 2015.
Coinciding with the start of the winter school holidays and the end of Port Stephens’ first-ever Naturefest celebration this month, the free human whale event is expected to draw a record 1000-plus crowd which will be captured forming the outline of a humpback by a helicopter hovering overhead.
Around 800 people formed a 100m-long human whale on the sand at Shoal Bay last winter in what is now an annual celebration of Port Stephens’ increasingly popular whale watch season, with more than 18,000 humpbacks tipped to trace the local coast between now and November.
The whale will be created on the western end of Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens on Monday, June 29, at noon, with registration opening at 10am and participants to be in place by 11.45am at the latest.
Naturefest is a new program for June created by whale-watch operators, Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises and supported by d’Albora Marina Nelson Bay, Destination Port Stephens and Port Stephens Council to draw nature-lovers to the region. Each of the operators offers daily whale-watch cruises from d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay.