Port Stephens human whale at Fingal Bay Beach July 15

Organisers have had to give the Port Stephens human whale a new home this year to accommodate the steady increase of people wishing to take part.

The event, which sees people create the outline of a 100 metre long humpback whale on a beach, has been moved from Shoal Bay to Fingal Bay this year.

Part of the Naturefest program, the human whale saw more than 1000 people take part in 2016.

The same numbers, if not more, are expected for this year’s event which will be held at Fingal Bay Beach on Saturday, July 15.

“The human whale is a great community celebration that showcases, for visitors to this beautiful part of the world, a taste of the community spirit that is such a big part of any Port Stephens experience,” Danny Eather, destination marketing manager for Destination Port Stephens, said.

The event pays homage to the Humpback Highway which will see about 25,000 whales on the great winter migration using to get to warmer breeding waters, passing through Port Stephens to do so.

It also makes a fun day out for the family; timed to coincide with the winter school holidays and the end of Naturefest which celebrates the region’s natural assets.

Residents and visitors to the area, young or aged, are invited to take part.

Registrations open at 10am at Fingal Bay beach in preparation for everyone taking their place on the whale outline by 11.45am.

The feat will be captured by a drone.

After the formation on the beach participants are encouraged to enjoy a barbecue lunch provided by Fingal Beach Surf Club.

There will also be live entertainment and educational displays from Port community groups.

This year, Port Stephens Coaches will provide a free shuttle from d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay.

Shuttles depart every 30 minutes between 9am and 11am.