Whales, dolphins galore, Hat Head NP, 6 July

But for an amazing dramatic view see HERE – a friend was an organiser of a yacht race in Coffs last weekend and on Sunday it was postponed for two hours as a couple of Humpback Whales frolicked it the middle of the race.

While the East Coast population seem to be thriving – we saw about 30 whales in a couple of house, steaming north, the West coast population face problems. Fossil fuel giant Woodside Energy wants to drill for gas. Their  seismic surveys will blast soundwaves to the bottom of the ocean every 8-15 seconds for 80 days. This will severely interfere with the whales’ migration routes. See Greenpeace for more.

Plenty of other wildlife on this winter morning:

Great Egret, Boyter’s Lane

Being NAIDOC week, I had intended to stop on the way to Hat Head at the old Kinchella Boys Home, a ‘home’ run by the NSW Government for almost 50 years from 1924 – 1970 to house Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families. It was a place of terrible abuse of young Aboriginal boys taken from their families, but I was distracted by the river on the other side of the road and herons. I am sorry I didn’t pay my respects.

See: Daniel Browning, ‘Kinchela Boys Home survivors tell of removals, sexual abuse and redemption’, May 2017. ABC article.

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