Celebration and protest mark migration



THE official opening of the whale-watching season starts tomorrow, accompanied in Byron Bay by celebration and protest.

Cape Byron Lighthouse will host a whale information morning from 9.30am to 11am, to celebrate the annual migration of humpback whales passing the Cape on their way north.

Speakers discussing various aspects of the humpback whale's lifestyle include University of Queensland scientist Mike Noad and local whale experts Trish and Wally Franklin.

The Franklins will also screen films on commercial whaling at 11.30am inside the Lighthouse cottage.

As the opening of the season is on the eve of the International Whaling Commission's meeting on Monday, there will also be a protest against the push to resume commercial whaling.

"Most Australians are outraged that these beautiful ani- mals may be slaughtered by the Japanese when they return to the Antarctic," spokesperson for the Whale Action Group (WAG), Dean Jefferys, said.

After the official talks at the Lighthouse, the WAG group will lead a procession and rally down to Little Wate- gos beach.

nThe Cape Byron Trust asks visitors to park their cars at Clarks Beach and use the free shuttlebus running to the Lighthouse from 8.45am to 12.30pm on the day.



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