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Travel: A whale of a time

ByShoba NarayanShoba Narayan
Oct 08, 2022 12:56 AM IST

“In the winter, it is like a whale highway,” says Captain David Higgins, as he steers the large sailboat towards Manly Beach off Sydney Harbour in Australia

“In the winter, it is like a whale highway,” says Captain David Higgins, as he steers the large sailboat towards Manly Beach off Sydney Harbour in Australia. In front of us, up yonder, stretches the south Pacific Ocean. Every January, some 60,000 humpback whales—their numbers, happily, are increasing every year according to Captain Higgins—leave the frigid, krill-rich waters of Antarctica and undertake the longest mammal migration in the world. They travel 5,000 kilometres to the warmer waters of Northern Australia to mate, calf and nurture their babies. Then they turn around and return to their home waters in Antarctica around March. “Sometimes, you can barely steer the boat,” says Captain Higgins.  

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