WHALE HELLO THERE

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - RACHEL RI­LEY

IT’S one of Aus­tralia’s great­est an­nual pil­grim­ages – the north­ern mi­gra­tion of south­ern tourists hop­ing to beat the win­ter chills by hav­ing a hol­i­day in the North. And it’s no dif­fer­ent for the giants of the deep, who made a spec­tac­u­lar ar­rival to North Queens­land’s warm wa­ters over the week­end.

THEY are the money- can’t- buy tourism am­bas­sadors that put on a spec­tac­u­lar show off the coast of Townsville over the week­end.

At least six pods of whales passed through Horse­shoe Bay on Sun­day with one cu­ri­ous an­i­mal choos­ing to stick around for a few hours to the ex­cite­ment of lo­cals and tourists, in­clud­ing some from the United States.

Jet­ski Hire Mag­netic Is­land An­drew Es­lick said it was the first day he had seen whales pass­ing through his hire area this sea­son.

Mr Es­lick said they could never prom­ise tourists a whale en­counter but when the cu­ri­ous an­i­mals did make an ap­pear­ance the ex­pe­ri­ence was price­less.

On Satur­day, a pod of whales was spot­ted about 8km north of Mag­netic Is­land by ex­cited pas­sen­gers on Sealink’s Or­pheus Is­land Day Trip tour.

The mam­mals put on what looked like a syn­chro­nised swim­ming rou­tine right next to the boat.

Pic­ture: DANETTE LEE- SAPWELL

Pic­ture: SHAWNEE RICKMAN

MAS­SIVE SPLASH: A hump­back sur­faces.

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