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Humpback whales put on a glorious display in Sydney Harbour as they migrate for the winter

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A pod of humpback whales have put on a spectacular display as they breached through the water in Sydney Harbour to the delight of nearby fishermen.

The pod of whales was passing through the harbour during the species’ annual migration on Sunday. 

The incredible images, taken by photographer John Goodridge, showed the mammals as they smashed their tails through the water’s surface in front of Sydney’s early morning sunrise. 

A pod of humpback whales were seen flipping and breaching in the water in Sydney Harbour over the weekend

A pod of humpback whales were seen flipping and breaching in the water in Sydney Harbour over the weekend

A pod of humpback whales were seen flipping and breaching in the water in Sydney Harbour over the weekend

The friendly whales, who have not seen humans in months due to lockdown restrictions, appeared delighted to see the fisherman and tourists

The friendly whales, who have not seen humans in months due to lockdown restrictions, appeared delighted to see the fisherman and tourists

The friendly whales, who have not seen humans in months due to lockdown restrictions, appeared delighted to see the fisherman and tourists 

Humpback whales are migrating north for the winter with up to 30,000 expected to pass through Australia's shores during the season

Humpback whales are migrating north for the winter with up to 30,000 expected to pass through Australia's shores during the season

Humpback whales are migrating north for the winter with up to 30,000 expected to pass through Australia’s shores during the season

The magical moments were captured while the 54-year-old photographer was on board a tour run by Go Whale Watching.

It was the first glorious display of whale breaching this year and Mr Goodridge said he was overjoyed to capture the images. 

Whale watching tours were shut down earlier this year due to lockdown restrictions but they have been allowed to start up again with a limited number of tourists on board.

Humpback whales are migrating north for the winter with up to 30,000 expected to pass through Australia’s shores during the season. 

Whales were seen shooting out of the water and smashing their tails on the surface against a beautiful sunrise setting over the waters surrounding Sydney's CBD

Whales were seen shooting out of the water and smashing their tails on the surface against a beautiful sunrise setting over the waters surrounding Sydney's CBD

Whales were seen shooting out of the water and smashing their tails on the surface against a beautiful sunrise setting over the waters surrounding Sydney’s CBD

Whale watching tours were shut down earlier this year due to lockdown restrictions but they have been allowed to start up again with a limited number of tourists on board

Whale watching tours were shut down earlier this year due to lockdown restrictions but they have been allowed to start up again with a limited number of tourists on board

Whale watching tours were shut down earlier this year due to lockdown restrictions but they have been allowed to start up again with a limited number of tourists on board

Whale migration stretches around 10,000 kms and it attracts a large amount of tourism for Australia in coastal towns such as Byron Bay and Hervey Bay

Whale migration stretches around 10,000 kms and it attracts a large amount of tourism for Australia in coastal towns such as Byron Bay and Hervey Bay

Whale migration stretches around 10,000 kms and it attracts a large amount of tourism for Australia in coastal towns such as Byron Bay and Hervey Bay

The glorious animals head to Australian waters after spending the summer eating krill in Antarctic before returning between September and November.

Whale migration stretches around 10,000 kms and it attracts a large amount of tourism for Australia in coastal towns such as Byron Bay and Hervey Bay.

Later on Sunday two fisherman in a kayak had a very close encounter with a whale in Sydney Harbour when it breached right in front of them after they initially saw it emerge nearby.

‘It be surprised if it didn’t pop up in front of us,’ one of the men could be heard saying before it emerged.

One of the fishermen tapped his paddle on the side of the kayak so the whale ‘knew where they were’ before it breached within touching distance.

The whale was so close it became ensnared in some of their fishing lines but the force of the whale snapped off the tackle from the lines in a second.

‘That was pretty scary I’m not going to lie, that whale is lost in here and he’s just stolen two of our rigs,’ said one of the fishermen.

Last month a whale calf made headlines when it was caught in a shark net off the coast of the Gold Coast last month.

A Gold Coast diver (pictured) who rescued a whale calf trapped in shark nets off the Australian coast has donated more than $16,000 raised for his possible fines to charity

A Gold Coast diver (pictured) who rescued a whale calf trapped in shark nets off the Australian coast has donated more than $16,000 raised for his possible fines to charity

He sped 500metres into the water at Burleigh Heads on Tuesday morning, taking off his shirt and donning fins before diving into the water to cut whale calf free from shark nets

He sped 500metres into the water at Burleigh Heads on Tuesday morning, taking off his shirt and donning fins before diving into the water to cut whale calf free from shark nets

A Gold Coast diver (pictured left) who rescued a whale calf trapped in shark nets off the Australian coast has donated more than $16,000 raised for his possible fines to charity

The trapped mammal was saved by a diver known as Django dove in and released the calf from the nets after he could see it was suffering.

Django was threatened with up to $26,900 for interfering with shark control nets but the fines were dropped after significant public backlash and he was given two formal warnings.

A Go Fund Me page was set up to help him cover the costs of a fine and it raised $16,776 which the diver said would be donated to Sea Shepherd Australia, according to the Brisbane Times.  

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Stuart Dew latest AFL star to land in hot water on Gold Coast

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AFL coach Stuart Dew has landed in hot water after being videoed urinating outside a Gold Coast nightclub, in another embarrassing moment for the league in the state.

Dew, 41, was videoed outside the Miami Tavern Shark Bar urinating against a wall at a drink with fellow senior members of the Gold Coast Suns staff.

It is not known exactly when the video was shot, but it surfaced just a hours after his side’s final game of the severely interrupted 2020 season.

Dew was reportedly filmed urinating by his colleague before the video was shared to a WhatsApp group and eventually wound up online, The Courier Mail reports.

The morning after the video was shot the staffer reportedly realised his mistake and asked anyone in the WhatsApp group to delete it – but it was already too late.

AFL coach Stuart Dew has landed in hot water after being videoed urinating outside a Gold Coast nightclub, in another embarrassing moment for the league in the state

AFL coach Stuart Dew has landed in hot water after being videoed urinating outside a Gold Coast nightclub, in another embarrassing moment for the league in the state

AFL coach Stuart Dew has landed in hot water after being videoed urinating outside a Gold Coast nightclub, in another embarrassing moment for the league in the state

Dew turns to the camera after finishing relieving himself and smiles awkwardly.

Under Queensland law, anyone caught urinating in public faces a fine of $533.80.

Gold Coast Suns chief executive Mark Evans confirmed the incident when contacted by The Courier Mail, but refused to comment further.

In the background of the video Dew can be heard by his fellow colleagues, including one who asks: ‘Do you play for the Canterbury Bulldogs?’

The NRL side has landed in hot water repeatedly in recent years for off-field dramas.

The former Port Adelaide and Hawthorn champion took over as coach of the battling team at the beginning of 2019 and has widely been praised for developing the side. 

It is not known exactly when the video was shot, but it surfaced just a hours after his side's final game of the severely interrupted 2020 season on Sunday

It is not known exactly when the video was shot, but it surfaced just a hours after his side's final game of the severely interrupted 2020 season on Sunday

It is not known exactly when the video was shot, but it surfaced just a hours after his side’s final game of the severely interrupted 2020 season on Sunday

Sydney Stack (pictured), 20, was told to leave Queensland and suspended for 10 games after he broke the AFL's return to play protocols

Sydney Stack (pictured), 20, was told to leave Queensland and suspended for 10 games after he broke the AFL's return to play protocols

Callum Coleman-Jones was also told the leave Queensland and handed a 10 game suspension for breaking restriction protocol

Callum Coleman-Jones was also told the leave Queensland and handed a 10 game suspension for breaking restriction protocol

Several AFL players have been sent home from Queensland for breaching COVID-19 rules 

AFL players and their families were holed up at the league's hotel hub under increasingly strict conditions (pictured, AFL stars and WAGs relaxing by the pool at the Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast)

AFL players and their families were holed up at the league's hotel hub under increasingly strict conditions (pictured, AFL stars and WAGs relaxing by the pool at the Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast)

AFL players and their families were holed up at the league’s hotel hub under increasingly strict conditions (pictured, AFL stars and WAGs relaxing by the pool at the Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast)

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come under fire for allowing the AFL to set up private hubs in the state she controls, after a number of players and officials were involved in scandals.

Richmond Tigers pair Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones were sent home and banned for 10 weeks after getting into a fight outside a strip club.

The AFL is also currently investigating Harley Bennell for a potential breach of strict COVID-19 rules that were agreed upon so the league could set up in the state.

There have been similar issues in other hubs around the country, including in Perth where Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor was caught sneaking his then girlfriend into his team’s private hotel accommodation.

Police have since charged Taylor with domestic violence offences after an alleged incident involving he and the same woman, his now ex-girlfriend, Lekahni Pearce.  

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Jacinda Ardern forced to apologise and admit she ‘made a mistake’ for photo at a construction site 

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Jacinda Ardern has apologised for participating in selfies that have broken her own COVID-fighting social distancing measures.

The Labour leader toured Massey University at Palmerston North on Thursday while campaigning for New Zealand‘s October 17 election.

Ms Ardern was spotted through the windows of a laboratory and a large crowd quickly grew outside the facility’s exit.

She was flooded by students and fans as she made her way to the campaign van and asked the crowd to back away but soon embraced it and took the photo.

The New Zealand Prime Minister was pictured during a tour of Massey University (pictured) on Thursday last week while campaigning for New Zealand's October 17 Election

The New Zealand Prime Minister was pictured during a tour of Massey University (pictured) on Thursday last week while campaigning for New Zealand's October 17 Election

The New Zealand Prime Minister was pictured during a tour of Massey University (pictured) on Thursday last week while campaigning for New Zealand’s October 17 Election

She was also caught-out while touring Isles Construction on the same day, stopping to pose for selfies with tradesmen and not keeping in line with social distancing.  

The Labour Leader was in Auckland on Monday to announce the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and admitted she should have known better.

‘All the way through on the campaign trail and even before during alert level settings, I work really hard not to shake people’s hands,’ she said.

‘I sanitise. I wear my mask in Auckland, and I work hard to try and keep my social distance.

‘In that particular photo I did make a mistake. I should have stepped further forward. I should have asked them to step apart from each other, and I acknowledge that.’

Auckland, which was at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak that plunged New Zealand back into lockdown, will go into alert level 2 on Thursday.

The rest of the country will lift its lockdown restrictions entirely from midnight on Monday, with just 62 active coronavirus cases in the country. 

The New Zealand Prime Minister often takes selfies with supporters while campaigning

The New Zealand Prime Minister often takes selfies with supporters while campaigning

The New Zealand Prime Minister often takes selfies with supporters while campaigning

National leader Judith Collins said she had been ‘staggered’ to see the photos of Ms Ardern. 

‘I was staggered to see the Prime Minister clearly not socially distancing with no mask just the other day in Palmerston North in a level 2 lockdown,’ she said on Monday.

Alert level settings outside of Auckland do not require masks to be worn but Ms Ardern continuously urges people to ‘be vigilant’ and socially distance when possible. 

The COVID restrictions have been tough on the country’s politicians, who have been unable to reach voters in the means they’ve become accustomed to.

Politicians have scrapped door knocking efforts, instead holding footpath meetings.

Debate crowds have been scaled right back, with voters encouraged to watch online rather than attend in person.

National leader Judith Collins said she had been 'staggered' to see the photos of Ms Ardern

National leader Judith Collins said she had been 'staggered' to see the photos of Ms Ardern

National leader Judith Collins said she had been ‘staggered’ to see the photos of Ms Ardern

The Labour Leader was in Auckland on Monday to announce the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and admitted she should have known better

The Labour Leader was in Auckland on Monday to announce the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and admitted she should have known better

The Labour Leader was in Auckland on Monday to announce the rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and admitted she should have known better

Rallies have also been held back until the end of the campaign.

As of Tuesday, candidates and parties are free to hold gatherings of any size outside of Auckland.

In the country’s biggest city, it is against the law to hold a gathering with more than 100 people, though this restriction is due to come offline on October 8, just nine days before election day.

Deputy PM Winston Peters, who entered parliament in 1979, decried the restrictions, saying they made for ‘the worst campaign environment that I’ve been involved in’.

Ms Ardern said the restrictions weren’t aimed at dampening campaign efforts.

‘None of our decision-making around these alert levels, actually are based on the politics or the campaign. They can’t be. They have to be about safety,’ she said.

‘There’s awkward moments where I refuse to shake people’s hands and try and keep distance.’ 

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Man shares his genius three-step hack for perfectly sealing your packet of chips

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An Australian man has shared his ingenious three-step trick for sealing a packet of chips with ease, so you don’t have to find a rubber band to keep it air tight.

Paulio, who is from Melbourne, used a packet of Thins Light and Tangy chips to demonstrate the unique ‘life hack’ on TikTok.

He started by folding the corners down on either side of the packet away from him before rolling the packet downwards towards him.

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He started by folding two edges down on either side of the packet away from him

He started by folding two edges down on either side of the packet away from him

Then he rolled the packet down towards him

Then he rolled the packet down towards him

Paulio, who is from Melbourne, used a packet of Thins Light and Tangy chips to demonstrate the unique ‘life hack’ on TikTok (pictured)

When he reached the spot he was wanting to seal from he folded the two edges over the packet

When he reached the spot he was wanting to seal from he folded the two edges over the packet

You're left with a sealed packet

You're left with a sealed packet

When he reached the spot he was wanting to seal from he folded the two corners over the packet

When he reached the spot he was wanting to seal from he folded the two corners over the packet, so they were now in front of him, effectively sealing off any incoming air flow.

‘When you tuck those little flaps over and give it a squeeze, your chips won’t come undone,’ he said.

Plenty of his fans on the social media site said they just solve the problem by ‘eating all of the chips’ in one go, but could see how this would be helpful if that wasn’t your chosen method.

‘Mate you’re living in 2040,’ one person said, pointing out how advanced the skill was for its time.

‘Oh no I bought storage containers for my chips…’ Said another. 

Paulio isn’t the only Australian who has been showing off chip packet tricks, with another TikTok user crafting her Smith’s Salt and Vinegar bag into a bowl.   

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, demonstrated the trick on camera so she could share it with her fanbase.

She keeps scrunching the packet until the chips are close to the top

She keeps scrunching the packet until the chips are close to the top

'As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,' she said

'As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,' she said

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,’ she said

‘All you’ll need is a packet of chips and not a bowl,’ the 26-year-old said.

She started at the bottom of the packet, and began to evenly scrunch it upwards.  

‘Usually I like to do it in a circular motion so it’s nice and even,’ she said.

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards.’

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