Whalefie Campaign

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Majestic Whale Encounters Joins World’s Biggest-Ever Campaign to Free Whales and Dolphins from Captivity and Invites Australians to Send in a ‘#Whalefie’

Australian whale swimming operator, Majestic Whale Encounters, has invited local wildlife lovers to send in a #whalefie – a selfie with a real or toy whale or dolphin – to support the world’s biggest celebration of wild whales and dolphins on March 14 and 15, 2015. Based in Brighton, England, but celebrated worldwide, WhaleFest – www.whale-fest.com- aims to free whales and dolphins from captivity and this year is asking supporters to post a #whalefie online to help keep the cetaceans wild and free. Australians can send their #whalefies now to Majestic Whale Encounters, which is a member of the World Cetacean Alliance – an organisation that promotes responsible whale watching worldwide. Whalefies can be posted on Majestic Whale Encounters’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MajesticWhaleEncounters or can be emailed to Majestic Whale Encounter Managing Director, Carmen Ellis, at carmen@majesticwhaleencounters.com.au. More information is available at www.majesticwhaleencounters.com. Humpback Whale and Calf Ms Ellis said the aim of WhaleFest’s new #whalefie campaign was toraise awareness and encourage people to learn about marine mammals and watch them in the wild rather than in captivity. “As lovers of whales ourselves, we want Australians to join this effort and show the world how much we all love whales and dolphins and how important it is to protect them,” Ms Ellis said. “Many Aussies have already posted some great #whalefies on our Facebook and Instagram pages and we hope more do so in the lead up to WhaleFest on March 14 and 15 and beyond.” An Australian-based eco operator, Majestic Whale Encounters runs a range of whale-swim holidays in Tonga for a maximum of eight people per group staying in casual beachside fales on the idyllic coral island of Foa in Tonga’s Ha’apai group of islands, 40 minutes north by air from the capital, Nuku’alofa. During the personalised eco tours, snorkellers swim with the majestic mammals, which measure up to 19m long, while maintaining safe, non-invasive guidelines set by the Responsible Whale Watching code in Tonga. The whale swim trips are available for eight or 10 days and run from July to September each year, with an eight-day package in 2015 available from $3500 per person, twin-share, or $4370 for single travellers, including beachside bungalow accommodation, daily breakfast, five days of whale swimming (including lunch), welcome dinner and local domestic flights.  Flights to Tonga from Australia (five hours direct) with Virgin Australia or from New Zealand with Air New Zealand and Virgin are extra. Call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com. Australian media contact: Andrew Mevissen,  +61 431 883 057 or andrew@peakmediarelations.com.au