WHALE HELLO THERE
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.
MASSIVE SPLASH: A humpback surfaces.