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WHALES IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS Since the beginning ,of the year large numbers of whale have passtd Gabo Islitnd in Australian waters Iwund nortlnVard. according to information received by the chief inspector- of fisheries and game Colonel Semmens,? as. told by the, Melbourne, Victoria. Argus: "Early this year I heard that a larger number of whales than usual had been seen passing, north-ward close "t6 Gabov" said .Colonel- Semmens. "I asked the head lighthouse, keener to let me have. an occasional report. I have just got one frpm . Iiiiu paying that, Jigiwcii March and August ninety-cne wjiales passed close to the island, going north. Sometimes ..they" were so close that .they could be seen rubbing themselves along the rocks. These" ninety-one jvere seen n the daytime. An even greater number may have .passed during the night. In "July seven whales were, seen passing at the same tinnj. During the latter months of the yeartiifcrelIaVebeiiI "one" or two occasionally passing on the": return trip south and west, but .nothing- like the numbers that were seen in the winter months 1 going- north Of coure it . is - possible tjmt they may have returned by another route, "or" a" larger percentage may have ..returned at nighty The head rHghthotise keeper is of;the opinion "that, u whales continue to. pass in the same -numbers, a whaling station in the vicinity of Gabo Island would pay well indeed."