Sea Shepherd guest speaker at Warrnambool event

WARRNAMBOOL’S visiting southern right whales will have an enthusiastic spectator next week — a member of the anti-whaling ship Sea Shepherd.

Haans Siver, education co-ordinator with the controversial Australian group which aims to stop Japanese whaling, will be guest speaker at the Warrnambool Tourism Association’s annual general meeting Wednesday night.

She is keen to go to the Logans Beach whale viewing platform to see southern right mothers and calves which have been frequenting the area.

“We are excited she has accepted the invitation to come and speak at our meeting,” tourism association secretary Dianne Parker told The Standard.

“She’s very keen to see the whales at Logans Beach.

“Whale migration is an important tourism attraction for Warrnambool and the region.

“The fact they come so close to shore and people can view them from the land is fantastic — really, really special.”

Ms Parker said  invitations had   been sent to tourist industry operators and information centre staff at Port Fairy and Port Campbell as well as Warrnambool representatives.

“Interested members of the public are also welcome to come — the more the merrier,” she said.

Registrations can be lodged with Ms Parker on 5561 1233.

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