Sunday 28 July 2013

Paddles raised in peaceful protest


Threatening skies on the cold morning of 13 July did not deter more than 700 paddlers from descending on the beach at Scarness, Hervey Bay to take part in the 2013 Paddle Out for Whales.

Unseen, many kilometres to the east, humpbacks whale pods were travelling northwards on their annual migration, a 10,000 kilometre mile round trip that will bring many of them into the bay as they begin make their way back to the Antarctic in a few weeks time.

Entertained by The Flumes, Nathan Kaye, Leon and The Skinny White Boys, The Sunny Beach Band and The Nefertiti Dancers and inspired by local and out-of-town speakers, participants took to the water in a range of paddle-craft including kayaks, surf boards, surf skis and canoes.

At the appointed time, everyone raised their paddles, while those watching from the shore cast flowers onto the water, in recognition of the ongoing recovery of humpbacks and the cruel fate still being suffered by many other whale species.

The event was hosted by Enzo’s on the Beach and supported by many local businesses and community groups.

Vicki Neville, instigator of the Paddle Out for Whales four years ago, remains the driving force behind the event. Circumstances prevented Vicki from attending on the day, but the tireless efforts Amanda, Enzo and the Paddle Out team ensured that this year was the most successful to date


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cetacean

conservation,

education and

research