Local minkes to star on TV
DWARF minke whales may have managed to remain under the radar for centuries, but their time in the spotlight is finally coming, and that could be good for local tourism.
The Channel program will broadcast a segment this weekend on these playful but relatively unknown marine critters frolicking off Port Douglas recently.
Next year, the region will get international exposure when the BBC’s documentary
hits small screens around the world.
Both segments were filmed in the waters of the northern Great Barrier Reef.
John Rumney, one of the pioneers of the “swim with minkes” program, says the exposure will bring more people to the reef to experience the magic of minkes.
“The locals have known about minkes for years, but now all of Australia is going to know,” Mr Rumney said.
“Once the BBC documentary comes out, the whole world will know what we have.”
Mr Rumney said this year’s minke season had been a good one.
“The water was very clear this year, so it made for great vision,” he said.
“It was fantastic being able to show the Channel Seven team the reef and the minkes.
“They’ve travelled the world and were deeply moved by the experience.
“The cameraman said it was a life-changing experience, and I’m sure that will come through.”
The dwarf minke whale segment will be screened this Sunday, August 29, from 6.30pm.
Mr Rumney, who runs “minke excursions” for two months every year, is planning another “locals’ trip” next year. For more information, you can check the website at www.marineencounters. com.au.
Magic moment: The television crew on location off Port Douglas