FINGAL Bay in Port Stephens was full of activity last weekend which kicked off with around one hundred runners participating in the parkrun at 8am and then became the epicentre for a world record attempt to create the world’s largest human whale.
The 2017 Port Stephens human whale was a World Record with more than one thousand participants.
The human whale has been taking place in Port Stephens for many years, moving to Fingal Bay to accommodate larger attendance numbers in 2017.
The atmosphere was upbeat with activities and entertainment which included some great group activities including an Earthen Rhythms drumming circle, lead by Benjie.
Fingal Bay Surf Life Saving were serving up sausage sandwiches raising money for their volunteer organisation.
Also present were National Parks, The Department of Primary Industries and the Fishcare volunteers, The Wilderness Society, Moonshadow TCQ Cruises, The Imagine White Whale, Fingal Bay Rural Fire Service and Nelson Bay’s Octapod Gallery.
Department of Primary Industries staff were keen to educate people on bag limits, restricted seasons and size limits as well as sharing information on the Marine Park no go fishing zones.
There was plenty of art and craft activities for kids.
Kate Washington, Member for Port Stephens, told News Of The Area, “I’m here with my extended family, and we are all excited to be a part of it.”
“We have been part of the human whale for years; it’s a really important event as it brings the community together to celebrate Port Stephens and puts Port Stephens on the map.”
“I really want to congratulate Frank Future and the team behind this for their energy and passion, which make the event happen,” she said.
A whale of a time was had by all.
By Marian SAMPSON
Photos by Marian Sampson
Drone photography supplied by Destination Port Stephens