Australia's 'whale super highway'
Humpback whales migrate to Antarctica
from around September each year
They leave warmer northern waters
after raising their young
Thousands travel up and down the Australian coast annually
Source: Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans
Locals say numbers are increasing
and they are spotting larger pods
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SKIPPER AND PART OWNER OF CAT BALOU CRUISERS, BRAD WILLS, SAYING:
"The population seems to be increasing between one to two percent each year. What we're getting at the moment is the sub-adults. So they sort of, don't necessarily always make their way up to Queensland, sometimes they just want a nice spot like they have here off the coast of Eden. They're happy to mill around and they'll start their southern course back a little bit later. Anywhere from sort of, late September through October is when we get the mums and calves heading south. So, it's been an absolutely amazing start to the season and we've got some good times coming ahead as well, so it'll be great."