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Whales and visitors to the East Coast will get closer together with a series of new whale viewing sites created between larapuna/Bay of Fires and the Tasman Peninsula.


Six new East Coast Whale Trail sites in the Break O'Day municipality were opened by Break O'Day Council and the Parks and Wildlife Service on Friday.


Mayor Mick Tucker said the new signs with information about whales are located at The Gardens, Binalong Bay, St Helens and Shelly points and Four Mile Creek.


“People often see whales along the East Coast during their annual migrations and these new information sites will help residents, visitors and tourists and the boating community from larapuna/Bay of Fires to the Tasman Peninsula, get to know whales as they pass by,” Mr Tucker said.


The different East Coast Whale Trail sites provide information and stories about the whales commonly sighted along the coast, including humpbacks, southern right whales and orcas, whaling history, migration and how to view whales safely on the water.


To help people scan the Tasman Sea for whales the East Coast Whale Trail includes binoculars installed at viewing sites at Shelly Point north of Scamander and at Cape Tourville in the Freycinet National Park.


Dr Kris Carlyon of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s (DPIPWE) Marine Conservation Program says the East Coast Whale Trail will help people appreciate the whales and dolphins along the Tasman Sea coastline.


“About 40 whale and dolphin species have been recorded in the waters around Tasmania, however some of the larger species are still recovering from past exploitation and face emerging threats from things like pollution, changing climate and being struck by ships,” Dr Carlyon said.


“Their numbers are slowly recovering following protection and the implementation of management strategies, which is helped by people learning about and appreciating these amazing marine mammals,” he said.


The East Coast Whale Trail was been funded by the National Landcare Programme of the Australian Government through its Whale Trail Program. The Break O'Day, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Sorell and Tasman councils collaborated and worked closely with support from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Marine Conservation Program of DPIPWE.


If people see whales, or find stranded or injured animals, they can be reported to the Tasmanian Whale Hotline: 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537).