The family was up at Port Macquarie the week before last to escape the Canberra cold. I was amazed how many whales I could see marching up the coast on their migration from Antartica. It was the first time I had ever seen a whale in the flesh. On one day I saw six different pods and I wasn't even trying. The Humpback Whale numbers are actually growing rapidly. At the end of the 1960's their numbers were down to 200-300 individuals along the coast of Australia. Since the whaling ban, their numbers have increased to currently around 33,000 (close to pre-whaling days). Their population is doubling every seven years - an incredible rate of increase and there is no sign this is declining. My daughter and I took a tour out to see them where I snapped these photos.