Hump­backs turn up to play on reef early

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE hump­back whales have made their way north early this year and have been spot­ted by sev­eral tour op­er­a­tors frol­ick­ing in the oceans of the Great Bar­rier Reef just off Port Dou­glas.

Ca­lypso Snorkel and Ca­lypso Pure snorkelling were head­ing home be­hind each other last Wed­nes­day when they spot­ted a lone adult hump­back whale hav­ing fun in the surf.

It was be­tween Tongue Reef and Low Isles head­ing north and Chris Jones the skip­per on Ca­lypso stopped the boats when he sighted it.

The whale was a lit­tle shy and came closer to the boat but not right up to it, be­fore put­ting on a show for the ex­cited pas­sen­gers be­fore head­ing on its way.

This sight­ing comes af­ter sight­ings of minke whales the week be­fore and sight­ings of pilot whales and two hump­backs from tour op­er­a­tors Po­sei­don.

Photo cour­tesy of CA­LYPSO

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