THE Island Whale Festival Committee together with 45 local industry members, launched Whale Season at the Rusty Water Brewery on Thursday, June 20.
The event set out to highlight the whale season from June to August and celebrate the opportunity to encourage everyone to get out and about looking for the whales as they pass by.
Another highlight was an insight into the amount of research work being carried out on this natural event.
Lead researcher David Donnelly from Dolphin Research Institute (DRI) and Two Bays Whale Project presented a history of their work and the festival beginnings; and how citizen science is now playing a major role in the identification and tracking of the visiting whales.
There is now a new reporting process via the DRI website and he encourages everyone to get involved.
John Dickie of Wildlife Coast Cruises presented an overview of their cruise development over the last seven years and the co-operative research work they are doing with DRI.
Kim Storey from Destination Phillip Island, the festival directors, presented an overview of the upcoming festival and how local industry can promote the event and the whale watching opportunities including the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail.
Neil Gillin of Rusty Water Brewery, then launched the ‘Whale of an Ale’ 2019 limited edition ale which features an image of a whale provided by David Donnelly.
Neil also announced that they will run a competition for next year’s label, for local photographers to enter their best picture from this season to feature on next year’s ale.
The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic creatures as they make their way north to their winter breeding grounds.
This immersive three-day event takes place on Phillip Island from July 5-7, and features a range of free and low-cost activities right across the island and the entire weekend.
For detailed program information on these and many more great activities happening in July, visit islandwhales.com.au or find the Festival on Facebook and Instagram at @islandwhalefestival checkout accommodation and things to do at visitphillipisland.com
Come see our whales and enjoy The Island Whale Festival