Whales on the move

THE first humpback whales on their annual migration up the east coast were spotted at Byron Bay on Saturday.

The sighting puts them right on track to pass Cooloola Coast around June/July school holidays.

Whale watchers say it's not unusual to see whales start migrating this early in the year.

Generally they start to move around March and April and as numbers have increased dramatically over recent years, this means some whales will start migrating earlier and others will return later.

The whale-watching season at Hervey Bay is from July to November, as the whales head north to breed then return south with their calves.